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Rise to Power






Henry VIII’s Great Matter

After being married to Catherine 24 years, Henry's desire for Anne Boleyn caused for him to leave the Catholic church, and start his new chain of Christianity in 1534, known as the Act of Supremacy, creating the Church of England , which allowed for him to divorce his wife. Societies mild aproval of Protestantism allowed for Henry to abandon his former wife, Catherine of Aragon, and daughter, Mary, in 1533, settling down with his new wife, Anne Boleyn, and new daughter, and future Queen, Elizabeth. born in 1533.

Scandal with Thomas Seymour

Elizabeth almost had a disastrous transfer when she moved in with her stepmother Katherine Parr following Henry VIII's death in 1547. Elizabeth's stepmother Katherine Parr wed Thomas Seymour, lord earl and King Edwardian's uncle Seymour the younger, in 1547. Thomas was arrogant, attractive, desirable, and incredibly envious of his elder brother's position as the young king's carer.Through his marriage to Katherine, Thomas became intimately involved with Elizabeth, who had grown into a promising young lady. He started pursuing the princess, and the controversy that followed dragged Elizabeth into the hard reality of adulthood.

Elizabeth I

Imprisonment under Mary I

Amongst the most famous prisoners at the Tower was the young Princess Elizabeth. Mary I, Elizabeth's half-sister, put her in prison early in her reign as she thought Elizabeth was planning an attack on her. On March 17, 1554, Elizabeth arrived to the Tower. Seated in the previous flats owned by her mother, Elizabeth felt at ease yet under intense mental stress. Elizabeth was eventually placed under house arrest on May 19, the anniversary of her mother Anne Boleyn's death, due to a lack of proof.

Accession to the throne

On November 17, 1558, Elizabeth I came to the English throne, beginning one of the most famous reigns in British history. Elizabeth, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, inherited a chaotic political environment when she gained power. The kingdom that her half-sister Mary I had left behind was severely split between rival religious groups and outside threats. Elizabeth was titled "The Virgin Queen" and became one of the most beloved rulers of England due to her skill at diplomacy, ability to uphold political stability, and ability to enforce her power.

Her reign

The Elizabethan era, a pivotal period in English history is recognised as a key moment in hsitory . Recognized for her leadership and political navigation, Queen Elizabeth I introduced a sense of stability regarding religious tensions, skillfully managing the delicate balance between Catholics and Protestants. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 displaying Englands strength under a womans reign , solidifying its global influence. Elizabeth's patronage of the arts, notably supporting luminaries like William Shakespeare, contributed to a cultural renaissance. The era underwent economic growth, exploration, and the consolidation of England as a formidable power. Her reign is fondly remembered as a golden age marked by prosperity, cultural richness and her individual reign without an heir or husband

1533-1603 - the virgin queen - by Vaishali Pakeerathan

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