Queen Elizabeth the First
By Zoey Graham
Queen Elizabeth the First was born on September 7, 1533 in Greenwich, England. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She grew up like a royal child in the House of Tudor. Elizabeth's main residence was at Hatfield. Elizabeth was greatly educated and tutored because her education was enhanced by her ability to share her half-brother's tutors. She was talented in language and music and was taught many different lessons. Her lessons tied into a standard curriculum for royal children. Along with grammar, reading and writing skills she was also taught religious studies. Throughout her childhood life she was educated and became very intelligent. When Elizabeth was young, in 1536, her mother was executed which declared her (and her sister) illegitimate. She then grew up in the household of Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour. In 1549, people in her household were arrested and imprisoned at Hatfield. During this time and issue, she dealt with ill health but continued to study with her tutor (Roger Ascham). In 1553 there was a rebellion to overthrow her sister Mary from the throne but it failed and Elizabeth remained innocent. In 1558 she succeeded to the throne. Elizabeth's reign was considered a golden age when looked back on.
Elizabeth never actually created or invented anything. Elizabeth went through things such as accusations, imprisonments, illnesses, and deaths. Through the good and the bad she was able to survive and became Queen of England. During her reign there was a widespread increase in literacy and achievements in the arts. Her reign also brought significant expansion overseas. Elizabeth adapted a great reputation as a good and wise ruler. She truly loved and took care of her people. Another major accomplishment was the defeat of the Spanish Armada. There were several rebellions in the time of her reign all of which she defeated. Elizabeth was able to survive various Catholic plots and conspiracies, because she established Protestantism as the country's religion. She was firmly in control of major policies and England was held under a stable Government. Elizabeth was successful in creating a new framework of support for the needy. She achieved recognition for England as a leading power in Europe. Her reign brought many accomplishments representing courage, intelligence and loyalty.
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