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ELIZABETH I ( The Virgin Queen)

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Elizabeth Tudor was born on September 7th, 1533 and was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn.
 
When she was a year old an act of succession was passed in her favour, which made her heir to the throne in place of her older sister Mary.
 
At age three Elizabeth like her sister before her was proclaimed a bastard after her mother died.
 
In Henry's dilluded thinking she was no longer the heir to the throne. In today's standards he would be looked upon as a heartless and cruel father if it were brought to court and Elizabeth's title would remain in tact should the court side with her.
 
In her young life Elizabeth had a number of governesses one of whom was Lady Margaret Bryan who had to beg Cromwell for night gowns and chemises for the princess once she grew out of them. Clothes that had been ordered to by the princesses mother Anne Boleyn.
 
 

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When Elizabeth was four Margaret Bryan was transfered to the household to become governess to Prince Edward.
 
Elizabeth was passed into care of Katherine Champernowe who married Anne Boleyn's and Senior gentleman attendant.
 
Kat Ashley became Elizabeth's tutor in her Elementary education.
 
Elizabeth was taught  mathematics, history, geography, architecture, needlework, dancing, riding and deportment.
 
Elizabeth spoke and read Latin,French, Italian , Flemish and Greek.
 
The princess spent most of her child hood in different royal houses in the northern part of london.
 
The first house in hatfield was a redbrick palace built by cardinal John Morter between 1480 and 1497.

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ELIZABETH'S RELATIONSHIP WITH HER FATHER
 
As a child Elizabeth rarely visited her father at the palace.
 
Henry VIII would send someone to make inquiries about her health and education.
 
She had no clue that her father had on several occasions had sporatic plans to marry her off , but it never came to pass with her being considered a bastard and her mother's lustful reputation haunted her.
 
When Elizabeth was eight years old her second cousin Katherine Howard was beheaded for committing adultery which brought back the terrifying way in which her mother dided.
 
Henry never intentionally expected her education would prepare her to become Queen.
 
Elizabeth was not beautiful ,but she was appealing to the eye.
 
She had inherited her father's red hair and hooked nose. She inherited her long pale face , pointed chin and wity eyes from her mother.
 
ELIZABETH'S PERSONALITY
 
Elizabeth was well composed, well mannered and possed a certain gravity and was described as a wity and gentile young lady.
 
She was also a strong minded woman and strived to work hard in everything she did.
 
SIBLING RELATIONSHIP
 
When she was younger Elizabeth and Mary had a good relationship.
 
Mary became a mother figure towards her lavishing her with yellow satin for a gown, spending money, jewelery and perfume.
 
When Elizabeth got older Mary began to resent Elizabeth when she grea to look more and more like her mother.
 
Her relationship with Edward was much closer  than the one she had with her sister.
 
The reason was because both of their mother's died tragically when they were younger and they shared the same admiration for their father, it brought them closer together.
 
After their father died their step mother Katherine Parr married Sir Thomas Seymour.
 
It is said that  Katherine suspected that there was a relationship going on between her husband and their step daughter so she sent Elizabeth to France to stop the gossip.
 
After Katherine died Seymour wanted to marry Elizabeth,but she politely declined his proposal.
 
 
 
 

Elizabeth followed the teachings of the protestant church which was a source of contention between the sisters.
 
Once Mary became Queen she heard reports that Elizabeth was committing treason against her and it caused a strain in their already rocky relationship.
 
Elizabeth was then arrested and put in the tower of London. The same place where her mother met her untimely death several years earlier.
 
When she answered to the charges she was put under house arrest until she was cleared of the charges.

ELIZABETH'S REIGN AS QUEEN

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When Elizabeth became Queen in 1558 she ignored the request in which Mary's will stated and demanded that the murders of the heretics be stopped.
 
She also had the British Army fight against Mary queen of scots whom was also a relative of hers.
 
Mary was disgusted with Elizabeth for sending young boys to fight against her and said that Mary was a bastard Queen.
 
During that same time Mary tried to over throw Elizabeth as queen,but was later executed for treason against  England.
 
Elizabeth was said to have had an affair with Sir Robert Dudley and was accused of having his wife murdered an accusation that was unfounded.
 
Elizabeth died in 1601 and was succeeded by her cousin Charles II of Scotland.

Another of her favourite homes was Ashbridge house, which was onces an monastary which was founded in 1283.
 
She also inherited Enfield palace in 1550 and Elsynge place, which her father had redone in 1540.