Elizabeth the First
- Her childhood and accession as queen.
- Her reign.
- The beginning of her reign.
- Elizabethan government.
- Elizabethan economy.
- Foreign policy.
- The queen's image.
- End of an Era.
- Fun facts.
Born on September 7, 1533 in Greenwich, England.
Died on March 24, 1603 in Richmond, Surrey.
Elizabeth I, also called the Virgin queen because she never married, was the queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603 or a total of forty five years. She ruled during a period called the Elizabethan Age, when England became the most important country in Europe.
She was the second daughter of Henry the eighth VIII, also known as Blue Beard, and of his second wife Anne Boleyn. King Henry's first daughter, Mary, was of his first marriage with a catholic. King Henry wanted as soon as his heir, so when Elizabeth was born, he was disappointed and had Anne Boleyn beheaded when Elizabeth was only two.
[...] If she didn't marry, her cousin Mary, queen of Scots could take the throne and because she was a catholic, this was unacceptable ( Elizabeth will never sold this problem and James the first son of Mary Stuart, queen of Scots, will become queen at Elizabeth's death. ) Elizabethan government Elizabeth had problems ruling because she was a woman. To solve the problem, she uses her council, the Privy Council, and Parliament to raise taxes and apply her polices. Although she made the parliament bigger, she took away most of its powers. [...]
[...] The queen's image Elizabeth had a large collection of dresses and jewels. Her dresses were said to contain so many jewels that they stood up on their own. She tried to control the royal portraits that circulated in England and abroad and her appearances in publics were displays of wealth and magnificence. She continually moved from one of her places to another and abused the hospitality of her wealthy subjects. Artists celebrated her in a variety of mythological characters. Elizabeth was also known to give brilliant speeches and to receive extravagant compliments from her admirers. [...]