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Elizabeth I

Queen of England and Ireland Elizabeth I

Profession: Queen of England and Ireland


Biography: Daughter of Henry VIII and the last of the Tudor monarchs, Elizabeth I ruled England and Ireland from 1558 till her death in 1603.

After the upheavals of previous reigns, hers was marked by prosperity and stability. The so called Elizabethan era was famous for its playwrights (William Shakespeare) and exploration (Francis Drake).

Her navy also won a famous victory against the Spanish Armada.

Born: September 7, 1533
Birthplace: Greenwich, London, England
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: March 24, 1603 (aged 69)

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Historical Events

  • 1558-11-17 Elizabeth I aged 25, ascends the English throne upon death of her half sister, Queen "Bloody" Mary
  • 1558-11-17 The independence of the Church of England is re-established upon ascension of Elizabeth I to the throne
  • 1559-01-15 Elizabeth I crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey
  • 1568-05-19 English Queen Elizabeth I arrests Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1569-10-01 Duke of Norfolk arrested by Queen Elizabeth I for conspiring to marry Mary Queen of Scots
  • 1570-02-25 Pius V excommunicates Queen Elizabeth I of England for heresy and persecution of English Catholics during her reign. Also absolves her subjects from allegiance to the crown.
  • 1571-01-23 Queen Elizabeth I of England opens Royal Exchange in London
  • 1575-01-22 English Queen Elizabeth I grants Thomas Tallis & William Byrd music press monopoly
  • 1578-03-10 Queen Elizabeth I of England gives Johan Casimir £20,000 to aid Dutch rebellion
  • 1579-08-17 Francois of Anjou visits English Queen Elizabeth I
  • 1581-04-04 Francis Drake knighted by Queen Elizabeth I aboard Golden Hind at Deptford
  • 1585-07-17 English secret service discovers Anthony Babington's murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I
  • 1585-08-10 English Queen Elizabeth I signs Treaty of Nonsuch: Aid for Netherlands
  • 1585-08-14 Queen Elizabeth I of England refuses sovereignty of Netherlands
  • 1587-02-01 Queen Elizabeth I of England signs death warrant for her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots
  • 1587-02-08 Mary, Queen of Scots, is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle aged 44 after being convicted of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth I in the Babington Plot
  • 1597-04-23 William Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth I of England in attendance
  • 1603-03-24 Scottish King James VI son of Mary Queen of Scots, becomes King James I of England in succession to Elizabeth I, thus joining the English and Scottish crowns

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