The Life of Queen Elizabeth I Essay

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The Life of Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth was born in Greenwich Palace on September 7, 1533.
She died on March 24, 1603, of natural causes. Her father was Henry VII.
His second wife, Anne Boleyn was Elizabeth's mother. King Henry wanted a son, but received a daughter, instead, from his second wife. Before
Elizabeth's third birthday, Henry had her mother beheaded on charges of adultery and treason.

Elizabeth was brought up in a separate household at Hatfield (not known). King Henry's third wife gave birth to a son. This boy was named
Edward. Edward was declared first in line for King Henry's throne, while
Mary (Daughter of Henry's first wife) was declared second, and Elizabeth was declared third and
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At this time, Elizabeth's Privy council drew up a Bond of Association which pledged that its signers, in an attempt on Elizabeth's life, would kill the assassins along with the claimant to the throne who the attempt was made for. In the mid 1580s, it was clear that a direct military confrontation between England and Spain was unavoidable in the near future.

Word reached London that the Spanish king, Philip II, had started to assemble together an enormous fleet that would sail to the Netherlands, and join forces with a waiting Spanish army led by the duke of Parma. After joining forces, this fleet would proceed to invade and probably conquer the now protestant England.

The always conservative queen reluctantly had authorized sufficient funds to maintain a fleet of maneuverable, well-armed fighting ships, to which other ships from the merchant fleet would be added.

In July 1588, the "Invincible Armada" reached the English water and the queen's ships. In one of the most famous naval encounters of history, the queen's ships defeated the enemy fleet, which then in an attempt to return to Spain, was all but destroyed by terrible storms.

At the time when the Spanish invasion was expected, Queen Elizabeth decided to review in person, a detachment of soldiers assembled at Tilbury.
She was dressed in a white gown and a silver breastplate and she rode through the camp and proceeded to deliver a