Elizabeth the 1st of England

Today I will be writing about Elizabeth the 1st Queen of England. This is a essay for History 7th grade. I will also include a few more important people that also lived during the Elizabethan Era.

Elizabeth was the last monarch of the Twor Dyansty in England. She became queen on January 15 1559, and reigned for 44 years. She is also known as the “Virgin Queen” because she never married or had any children. She supported Protestantism and dismissed the Catholic goals of her sister Mary.

The Elizabethan Era was one of stability and helped give England a feeling of identity. In March 1603 Queen Elizabeth became ill and died of depression. She shared a tomb with her half sister Mary and was buried at Westminister Abby.

Now I will write about Lady Jane Grey and Bloody Mary.

Lady Jane Grey is sometimes known as the  “9 days queen.” She was Edward VI’s successor as queen of England. Jane had a good education and was a very learned woman. She learned Latin, Greek, Hebrew, and Italian.  Lady Jane Grey died at the age of 16 or 17 when she was accused of high treason, she was executed by Mary.


I am now gonna write about Bloody Mary.

Bloody Mary was the queen of England after Lady Jane Grey. Mary began to call for aid and gain followers. As a result, the Privy Council changed their minds about Jane and supported Mary. Mary then had Jane imprisoned and executed.

Mary became Queen of England in September of 1553 and reigned for 5 years. Mary is know as “Bloody Mary” because she persecuted many Protestants during her reign, burning over 280 at the stake.

Last but not least, I am going to write about Sir Francis Drake.

Drake was an Englishman of the Elizabethan Era. He was a navigator and a sea captain. He first started sailing at age 23 with his cousins, he made trips to the Americas and in the West Indies. Drake was a hero to the English, though Spain thought he was more like a pirate.

Sir Francis Drake started his circumnavigation of the world in 1577, he returned home in 1580. When he came home from his journey the Queen rewarded him. She knighted him Sir Francis Drake, and gave him a jewel with her portrait. The Queen sent Drake to invade and attack the Spanish colonies, Therefor, Spain had ordered an invasion of England. Drake was dressed in his full armor, and buried in the ocean in a lead coffin.


That’s all I have to talk about today. Thanks, bye! 🙂

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