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BORN 7 SEPTEMBER 1533 BECAME QUEEN 17 NOVEMBER 1558 DIED 24 MARCH 1603 Elizabeths life was troubled from the moment she was born Henry VIII had changed the course of his countrys history in order to marry Anne Boleyn hoping that she would bear him the strong and healthy son that Catherine of Aragon never did But on September 7 1533 in Greenwich Palace she bore Elizabeth instead Anne did eventually conceive a son but he was stillborn By that point Henry had begun to grow tired of Anne and began to plot her downfall Most if not all historians agree that Henrys charges of incest against Anne were false but they were all he needed to sign her execution warrant She was beheaded on the Tower Green in May 1536 before Elizabeth was even three years old Elizabeth was sent away from Court as she was a reminder to Henry of Anne Henry has remarried and was eagerly awaiting the son he hoped Jane Seymour was carrying As it turned out she was indeed to bear Henry a son Edward future Edward VI Jane died shortly after Edward was born Elizabeths last stepmother was Katherine Parr the sixth queen to Henry VIII She had hoped to marry Thomas Seymour brother to the late Queen Jane but she caught Henrys eye She brought both Elizabeth and her half-sister Mary back to court When Henry died she became the Dowager Queen and took her household from Court Because of the young age of Edward VI Edward Seymour another brother of Janes and therefore the young Kings uncle became Lord Protector of England Elizabeth went to live with Queen Dowager Katherine but left her household after an incident with the Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour who was now Katherines husband Just what occurred between these two will never be known for sure but rumors at the time suggested that Katherine had caught them kissing or perhaps even in
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