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Queen Elizabeth was born in Greenwich Palace on September 7 1533 She died on March 24 1603 of natural causes Her father was Henry VII His second wife Anne Boleyn was Elizabeths mother King Henry wanted a son but received a daughter instead from his second wife Before Elizabeths third birthday Henry had her mother beheaded in charges of adultery and treason Elizabeth was brought up in a separate household at Hatfield not known King Henrys third wife gave birth to a son This boy was named Edward Edward was declared first in line for King Henrys throne while Mary Daughter of Henrys first wife was declared second and Elizabeth was declared third and last in line for the throne Elizabeth received a thorough education that was normally reserved for men She was taught by special tutors of whom the most known was a Cambridge humanist by the name of Roger Ascham Roger Ascham wrote about Elizabeth Her mind has no womanly weakness Her perseverance is equal to that of a man and her memory long keeps what it quickly picks up With the help of these tutors she was not only fluent in two languages but in four languages She was fluent in the languages of Greek Latin French and Italian When Henry died in 1547 her brother Edward took over the throne at ten years of age Edward with a short reign on the throne died in 1553 and Elizabeths half older sister Mary took the throne Mary like Edward died on November 17 1558 after a short time on the throne In October 1562 Queen Elizabeth almost died of small pox In 1584 Europes other major protestant leader William of Orange was assassinated For the first time in her life Elizabeth showed some concern She was now the only major protestant leader in Europe At this time Elizabeths Privy Council drew up a Bond of Association which pledged that its signers in
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