El­iz­a­beth I

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HOW DID SHE RISE TO PROMI­NENCE?

El­iz­a­beth was King Henry VIII’s only sur­viv­ing child by Anne Bo­leyn. Her mother was ex­e­cuted be­fore her third birth­day, and as a re­sult El­iz­a­beth spent much of her child­hood in dis­grace. Her ac­ces­sion to the throne in 1558 (fol­low­ing the death of her half-sis­ter, Mary I) marked a turn­ing point in her life: from now on, she was in con­trol of her own des­tiny.

WHO WERE HER LOVE IN­TER­ESTS?

El­iz­a­beth fa­mously never mar­ried, de­spite con­sid­er­ing, and ul­ti­mately re­fus­ing, of­fers from nu­mer­ous for­eign suit­ors. She formed a close and en­dur­ing bond with Robert Dud­ley – one that, de­spite her protes­ta­tions that noth­ing un­to­ward had oc­curred be­tween the two, was the source of scan­dalous gossip in the English court.

WHEN DID SHE DIE?

On 24 March 1603 at Rich­mond Palace.

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