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England Under The Tudors: William Cecil, Lord Burleigh (1521-1598) [Lord Burghley, advisor to Queen Elizabeth I]

In 1534, Mary secretly married a soldier and commoner called William Stafford, who she had met in Calais Her sister was absolutely furious. Mary had married without permission and below her station. Mary Boleyn was banished from the court. She loved her new husband but she and William Stafford had little money Mary Boleyn and her new husband, William Stafford lived in Rochford in Essex

Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 death mask on plaque, from effigy on tomb in Westminster Abbey...Queen Elizabeth I died on 24 March 1603 (of blood poisoning) - she was nearly70 years of age. Arguably the greatest monarch that ever ruled England. Under her rule England prospered, became a major power, encouraged the Arts and great literature by William Shakespeare Great explorers such as Sir Francis Drake, It was the Golden Age of England. Queen Elizabeth had lived a long life.

Elizabeth Woodville Children Thomas Grey, Richard Grey Elizabeth, Queen of England Mary of York Cecily of York, Edward V of England Margaret of York Richard of Shrewsbury, Anne of York, George Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford Catherine of York, Countess of Devon Bridget of York House House of York Father Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers Mother Jacquetta of Luxembourg Born c. 1437 Grafton Regis, Northamptonshire Died 8 June 1492 (aged 55) Bermondsey, London Burial St. George's Chapel, Windsor

Elizabeth I, painted after 1620, during the first revival of interest in her reign. Time sleeps on her right and Death looks over her left shoulder; two putti hold the crown above her head.

Queen Elizabeth I and Elizabeth feigned illness on several occasions to avoid dangerous and life-threatening situations. Her early years were fraught with danger. Powerful men tried to use her as a pawn to achieve their political ambitions. Religion was dictated by the ruling monarch and the country, and Elizabeth lurched from the rule of her Protestant brother Edward, the short tragic reign of the Protestant Lady Jane Grey and then the succession of her fanatical Catholic half-sister Mary.

Margaret Tudor ...Born: 28 November 1489 Westminster Palace Married to James IV of Scotland: 8 August 1503 Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland Married to Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus: 6 August 1514 Married to Henry Stewart, Lord Methven: 1528 Died: 18 October 1541 Methven Castle, Scotland Buried Carthusian Abbey of St. John's, Perth, Scotland

Hair of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, clipped from her head at the opening of her tomb in 1784 encased in a locket

Margaret Tudor and James of Scotland Margaret, with her first husband King James, as Queen consort of Scotland, later Regent.

Elizabeth's last stepmother was Katherine Parr, the sixth queen to Henry VIII. Katherine had hoped to marry Thomas Seymour (brother to the late Queen Jane), but she caught Henry's 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 Jane's and therefore the young King's uncle) became Lord Protector of England.