Elizabeth I Middle Life
Queen Elizabeth I was perhaps the most powerful, revolutionary queen to ever rule England. During the 45 years of Elizabethís reign, England flourished in all elements from economics to education. In fact Elizabeth I made so many successful improvements that these times were called The Elizabethan Age. And to learn more a bout the very interesting women we will talk about her life.



Elizabeth I was the daughter of t King Henry VIII and his second of six wives, Anne Boleyn. When Elizabeth was just three years old her father King Henry accused her mother of treason and adultery and had her beheaded. King Henry was so disappointed that his only child from that marriage was female, that he had Elizabeth send away from his sight to a little home in the country. Even at such a young age, Elizabeth was very aware of her fatherís disappointment in her. She had every thing a little girl could ever want but missed her fatherís love and acceptance. So to stop the loneliness and heartache, Elizabeth took comfort in her studies.



Elizabeth was a brilliant student and had the best teachers that England had to offer. By six Elizabethís reading and writing skills were very advanced and was better than many adults twice her age. She loved literature, especialy poetry. She even wrote many of her own poems. Elizabeth did extremely well in geography, math, and science and could read, write, and talk in over nine languages including French, Spanish, Italian, Greek, and Spanish. Elizabeth soon grew into a beautiful woman stylish, clever, and tranquil and a joy to the court when she visited. After a while her fathers absence didnít matter to her as much, and Elizabeth was fully focused on knowledge.


Even though King Henryís outlook was pretty mellowed by the birth of his male heir- Edward VI, Elizabeth still feared her father and avoided the court life whenever she could. Even after her father died and Edward was crowned King of England, Elizabeth continued to avoid the court life. She preferred instead the tranquility of her own country life. Then, in 1547, young King Edward died. Surprisingly, it was Lady Jane Grey, a distant cousin, and not Elizabeth or even her older half-sister Mary who was named queen of England. Elizabeth elected to honor Edwardís decision, but Mary absolutely refused to acknowledge Lady Grey as her queen. In August of 1553, Mary gathered an army, overthrew lady Grey and became Queen of England. During her reign she imprisoned Elizabeth for 2 months in the tower of London and later had her banished to the country.


In November 1558, Mary died, and Elizabeth was finally crowned Queen of England. The first 30 years of Queen Elizabethís reign were relatively peaceful. Then in 1588 she had to defeat King Phillipís Spanish Armada for control of the high seas. Under Elizabethís firm, steady hand England slowly began to transform from the proverbial ugly duckling to a majestic swan, Elizabeth encouraged her royal navy to explore and conquer in the name of England. The literature e world flourished during her reign. William Shakespeare himself was said to have performed several of his plays before her. She also helped to pass hundreds of reform laws on trade, agriculture, industry, etc. These laws went on to shape England into the nation it is today.


In Conclusion, Queen Elizabeth Itís reign helped to mold England into a powerful nation. Queen Elizabeth herself was the strongest woman to ever ascend to the English throne. She overcame stifling pain of her fatherís rejection to groom herself into a beautiful woman. After years of living in fear and solitude, Elizabeth was finally able to ascend to the throne. England flourished splendidly during her reign. Before her death, Queen Elizabeth was able to lat the foundation that gave rise to England, one of the mightiest nations in the world.