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Elizabeth I Elizabeth I by Jacob Abbott is the biographical account of Queen Elizabeth I The story follows the birth childhood reign and death of Englands beloved Virgin Queen King Henry VIII of England is known best for his six wives three Catherines two Annes and a Jane the most famous of all being his second wife Anne Boleyn Henry married Anne before his marriage with Catherine of Aragon with whom he had one daughter Mary was officially annulled On September 7 1533 Anne gave birth to a daughter Princess Elizabeth Though she was spoiled terribly as a baby Henry was disappointed that she was not a son After that his marriage with Anne quickly went downhill and he had a growing interest in the younger and more beautiful Jane Seymour In 1536 he falsely accused Anne of committing adultery and had her beheaded on May 19 When she was tried only about half of the kings jury was there and it is said that he only invited those he knew would not vote in her favor Henry married Jane Seymour on May 30 only eleven days after Anne was beheaded On October 12 1537 Henry finally was given his first son Edward Jane died a few days later While many parties welcomed Prince Edward VI the heir to the throne four-year-old Elizabeth was left with only her servants at Hatfield where she called herself the forgotten princess For years she was exiled there where she often ran out of food or had to wear clothes that were too little for her She was only called to court two or three times a year During this time Henry married Anne of Cleves the daughter of Germanys Duke of Cleves but had the marriage annulled after six months saying that it was purely a political match He married Catherine Howard Anne Boleyns first cousin a few months later However she too was charged with committing adultery
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