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Elizabeth I (also known as Elizabeth the Great, or the "Virgin Queen") was born in 1533  into a dangerous world of political intrigue. When she was only two years old, her father,  King Henry VIII killed her mother, Ann Boleyn, because she had not yet produced a  male heir. Henry's routine killing of her successive stepmothers every few years  traumatized Elizabeth, who loved her father. Although Henry finally did father a son,  Edward VI, the boy did not live long, dying at the age of sixteen after a six-year reign,  and thus Elizabeth's older sister Mary I came to the throne in 1553. Meanwhile, the  young Elizabeth showed exceptional intelligence, excelling at her studies well beyond  any of the other royal children. A Catholic, Mary married the Hapsburg prince of Spain, the soon-to-be Philip II. Mary  would come to be known as "Bloody Mary" for her harsh treatment of English 
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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