A Boxego Timeline journal entry...
Elizabeth I was born on this day in 1533 at Greenwich Castle. She was known as the Virgin Queen and reigned over England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on the 24th March 1603.
Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty. Before she came to the throne her half sister Mary Queen of Scots became queen and imprisoned Elizabeth for nearly a year on suspecting that she was a Protestant sympathizer and therefore and enemy of the crown. When Elizabeth succeeded Mary to the throne she enforced the Protestant religion by law and had Mary executed in 1587. Her conflict with Roman Catholic Spain led to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, one of the greatest military victories in English history.
Elizabeth's reign is known as the Elizabethan era and is famous above all for the flourishing of English culture and drama – through the works of William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe, and for the seafaring prowess of English swashbuckling adventurers such as Sir Francis Drake.