Elizabeth I: By: Korryn Resch Edit
The 2nd Daughter of Henry VIII and his 2nd wife Anne Boleyn. She is from England and ruled for almost 45 years. Her step-brother was Edward VI. Her father beheaded Anne Boleyn her mother and married Jane Seymour who gave Henry VIII his son Edward VI. Elizabeth became supreme governor of the Church of England. She died on March 24,1603 of health failers. Elizabeth had a variety of suitors; a couple were her former brother-in-law, Mary's husband Phillip II, the Habsburg archduke Charles, Eric XIV of Sweden, and the sons of Catherine de Medicis.
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Elizabeth began her rein emphasizing on the theme of National Unity, known for speech she gave to encourage the troops at Tilbury at the time of the Spanish Amada in 1588. She also had to deal with the succession and her council and Parliament feared potential chaos if she died with out a designated heir. Elizabeth was far more successful than Mary and the other woman rulers of her time. She decided to be queen for all the English and was very proud to become queen. Elizabeth first appointed William Cecil as her principle secretary and he later achieved the title Lord Burghley and Treasurer. Elizabeth also chose to preside over a broadly based religious settlement in 1559, Parliament defined England's offical religion and services were again in English and the Catholic mass was abolished. During her rein religion and politics became intertwined and she found herself pressured by Roman Catholics and radical Protesants. The few last years of Elizabeth's rein had economic difficulties, the inflation and poor harvests caused misery for many of the English and ther was deep fear that the Spanish might try and do another invasion.
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" I know I have the body of a week and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a King, and a King of England too; and think foul scorn that Parma or Spain, or any prince of Europe, should dare to invade the borders of my realm."
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