Elizabeth, along with all the Tudor children, had a rather frightening childhood. While Elizabeth was still very young, her father killed her mother. Her childhood was always filled with court intrigue, danger, and risk. Although these events somewhat traumatized the Princess, they also molded her into a strong, independent personality. Her behavior in her early years also showed her to be emotionally complex; although her father had killed her mother and kept beheading his wives, she dearly loved him. It is hard to pinpoint exactly when Elizabeth learned the truth behind Ann Boleyn's death, but accounts from the time suggest that, although she was never officially told, she figured it out for herself. The beheading of Catherine Howard, when Elizabeth was eight, perhaps traumatized her even more than Ann's death. It was at this time that she promised herself (and started telling her friends) that she would never marry. No one
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