Elizabeth spent most of her youth at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire. This was one of her family's many residences throughout England. When the princess was only two years old, King Henry, desperate for a male heir and upset at Ann Boleyn, had Ann executed. Although the facts of her mother's death were hidden from the young girl for years, it appears she figured out the truth on her own. Yet she nonetheless admired and loved her father, despite his continued practice of marrying and killing wife after wife in hopes of producing a male heir. The eight-year-old Elizabeth was especially distraught when her father beheaded Catherine Howard in 1542: Henry's fifth wife, Catherine was Ann Boleyn's cousin and had been very kind to Elizabeth. Although always stubborn and sometimes difficult to control, Elizabeth showed signs of remarkable intelligence from a very young age. Her governess, a relative of Ann Boleyn,
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Elizabeth, Ann Boleyn, young Elizabeth, alike. Elizabeth, tenyearold brother Edward