No one thought that Elizabeth would live to become Queen of England. Her father, Henry VIII, beheaded her mother, Anne Bolyn, for treason in 1536. He then disowned his daughter, declaring her illegitimate. But in 1544, Parliament reestablished her in the line of succession after her half brother and her half sister.
Endowed with immense personal courage and a keen awareness of her responsibility as a ruler, Elizabeth commanded throughout her reign the unwavering respect and allegiance of her subjects.
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About the Author
Simon Adams edited childrenas reference books and other nonfiction books before turning to full-time writing. He is the author of more than 50 books for children on a wide variety of subjects, including history and jazz. He lives in London.