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Elizabeth I of England [1533-1603] -- Queen of England and Ireland (1558-1603)

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Elizabeth acceded to the throne at 25, in November of 1558, at a low point in England's history, and became in her forty-five year reign one of England's best and most loved rulers. The date of her accession was celebrated as a national holiday for 200 years.

With her accession, the persecution of Protestants carried on by her Catholic predecessor and half-sister, Mary I -- a/k/a Bloody Mary -- ceased. There followed a period relatively free of strife during which the arts, especially literature, flourished in England. This was the era that produced Shakespeare and Bacon.

Elizabeth wisely eschewed marriage, thereby avoiding foreign and domestic entanglements that might have drawn her or the country into dispute. She was not above using the possibility of her marriage to political advantage, however.

Her reign was an eventful one, marked by numerous events of significant historical import. Well-loved, she was nevertheless plagued by a seemingly endless succession of plots against her life.

Elizabeth was the last of the Tudor monarchs of England. She was succeeded upon her death by her cousin, James I, who was also King of Scotland (as James VI), thereby uniting the kingdoms of England and Scotland to become "Great Britain".  -30-
 

Chronology

1533/09/07
She is born
1536/04/19
Her mother, Anne Boleyn is executed on trumped-up charges by her father, King Henry VIII
1536/07/01
Elizabeth (and half-sister Mary) declared illegitimate by Parliament
1554
Lady Jane Grey, the 9-day queen, executed by Mary, who takes the throne as Mary I
1554
Elizabeth sent to The Tower for supposed complicity in Wyatt's rebellion at culmination of the Grey incident
1555-1558
Mary, a Catholic, persecutes English protestants, earning her the sobriquet "Bloody Mary"
1558/11/17
Elizabeth accedes to the throne on the death Mary, who was her half-sister
1559/04/08
Acts of Supremacy and Uniformity, implements Religious Settlement
1559/07/10
Mary, Queen of Scots, declares herself Queen of England
1562/10
Elizabeth seriously ill with smallpox
1563
Plague in London
1567/07/24
Mary, Queen of Scots, forced to abdicate. Son James is King of Scotland (future king of England, as well, as James I)
1568
Mary imprisoned
1577-1580
Sir Francis Drake circumnavigates the globe
1582
Plague in London
1585
First English colony in America at Roanoke Island, Virginia
1586
The Babington Plot; Mary, Queen of Scots, implicated, tried, sentenced, executed Feb. 1587
1588/08/08
Defeat of the Spanish Armada
1593
Plague in London
1601/11/20
Elizabeth delivers her "Golden Speech"
1603/03/24
Death of Elizabeth I. James VI of Scotland also becomes James I of England.

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