Elizabeth the First will always remain in history as the Virgin Queen, but also as the Queen who brought stability and peace in Britain. She actually was the Queen of England for no less than 45 years, between 1558 and 1603. Against all expectations, Elizabeth decided to rule her country without marrying. She was the fifth and the last Tudor ruler. Below you can discover more interesting things about Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Anne was the king’s second wife. Elizabeth’s mother was executed when the future queen was only two years old.
Elizabeth was imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1553. Mary I, the daughter of Henry VIII from his first marriage, ordered the imprisonment after she succeeded to the throne following the death of Edward, the son of Henry VIII. When Mary died, Elizabeth became queen at the age of only 25, as Mary had no children.
Despite many pressure and several courtship, Elizabeth chose to never wed. This made her famous as the Virgin Queen.
Some of the most famous artists in the world lived in England during the ruling of Elizabeth the First. They include Francis Bacon, Edmund Spencer and even William Shakespeare.
One of the most interesting events involving the Queen of England is actually linked to her fear of having her teeth extracted. The Queen loved sweets so much that her teeth were severely affected. Elizabeth was so scared of the procedure that an archbishop actually had to extract one of his teeth to show the Queen that the pain was tolerable.
In fact, the Queen was quite famous for her bad temper. In many occasions, she loved to dress herself as ordinary people, to avoid all the attention.
The question of marriage was one of the most important matters after Elizabeth became queen. She was many times asked to pick a husband by the parliament, while the people believed that marriage will solve the problem of a woman ruling, which was something rather unusual in Britain. However, Elizabeth managed to play all political games masterfully.
The Queen was close to marrying Robert Dudley. For many years it had been rumored that the two had a relationship. However, she chose to remain married to her kingdom and keep all the power to herself. It has been claimed that the Queen was terrified by the possibility to be dethroned.
The 45 years during which Elizabeth the First ruled the country were considered to be one of the most glorious periods in the history of the country. During her ruling the Church of England was established. She led Britain to prosperity and made the country one of the most powerful in the world. During her ruling, Britain actually managed to defeat even the legendary Spanish Armada.
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