Sunday, January 15, 2012

Elizabeth Regnum

Today marks the anniversary of the 1559 coronation of Elizabeth (now denominated 'I' of the 'First') as queen of England. Hence began the reign later called Gloriana. It was under Elizabeth that what we conceive of as modern England (contrasted with the minor power at the edge of Europe that it was at the onset of the Tudor Age) came into being.

The daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was declared a bastard upon her mother's trial (Cranmer having ruled the marriage to have never been legitimate) and threatened with death by her older half-sister, the Queen (Bloody) Mary.

Elizabeth would rule until 1603. She never married and the Tudor Age ended with her.

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