Bella Reyes Rodriguez
10 April 2014
Queen Elizabeth I of England
Elizabeth I, England's most famous monarch, grew up in difficult times. Elizabeth I was born September 7, 1533. She was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She was only two years old when she lost her mother (Carol 7). Anne Boleyn was beheaded by the order of her husband, based on false charges of adultery and conspiracy (10). Despite Elizabeth's harsh childhood, she did not let it interfere with her many accomplishments of the throne.
Elizabeth had an older half-sister Mary and half-brother Edward by Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour (12). After her ...view middle of the document...
In 1559, she called for the passage of the Act of Supremacy, which re-established the Church of England, and created a common prayer book (Elizabeth I era.org).The Roman Catholic Church did not agree her actions, and she was excommunicated in 1570 by Pope Pius V. (Neville 23)
Elizabeth ended the war with France, with the help of her advisor, William Cecil. She avoided war with France and Spain, for much of her reign (Nevile 33). In 1585, Elizabeth entered the Protestant rebellion against Spain. (35). Spain then set its sights on England, but the English navy was able to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588 (Queen Elizabeth I Biography.com).
Elizabeth loved music and could even play the lute. Elizabeth enjoyed dancing and watching plays. The arts flourished during Elizabeth's time, such as William Shakespeare (Leah 11). Queen Elizabeth took part in the building of “The Globe”, where Mainly Shakespears plays were performed for all to see (10). Writers paid tribute to Elizabeth in many literary forms (12). Artists also honored Elizabeth by painting her self portrait (13).
The final years of Elizabeth's reign were troubled times. (bio.com)...