queen-elizabeth-I.jpgElizabeth Tudor was born on September 7, 1533. She was born as a Princess to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (whom was excited two years after Elizabeth’s Birth). Elizabeth had a half-brother Edward VI, which was first in line to the throne. His mother was Lady Jane Grey. She also had a half sister Mary (who was Queen before Elizabeth). At the death of Mary on November 17, 1558, Princess Elizabeth was set to take to the throne and on January 15, she became the Queen of England at the age of 25. The public welcomed her whole-heartedly.

At the time of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, there was a great disturbance in the country. A disharmony between Catholics and Protestants created a divide of religions that was consequently tearing the country apart. Queen Elizabeth I was born a protestant however, she ensured that the new Church was based on the principles of western Christianity.

Queen Elizabeth is often referred to as the “Virgin Queen” as she made the choice not to marry. Although she had many male friends, which she appeared to be romantically involved with, she still declared herself married to England. A major reason behind Queen Elizabeth’s choice not to marry was the patriarchal society, as the man would command more authority and respect then the women in Tudor, England. Queen Elizabeth would have become “Queen consort” if she had married resulting in losing a lot, if not all, of her power. Another reason was that she most likely turned off marriage was with her fathers’ multiple failed marriages.

Queen Elizabeth passed away when she was nearly 70 years of age, on March 24, 1603. She passed due to blood poisoning. People say that she was the greatest most respected monarch England had ever had. Under her rule, England grew and prospered.

References
http://www.elizabethi.org/
http://www.britannia.com/history/monarchs/mon45.html