He had parted from the Catholic church, established the Church of England, and annulled his twenty-four year marriage to Queen Catherine - partly because he loved Anne, and partly because he wanted the male heir Catherine could not give him. Henry and Anne were convinced that their first child would be a boy. The new queen even had a document drawn up ahead of time that announced the birth of a prince. When the prince turned out to be a princess, her parents were dismayed. Over the next few years Anne had three miscarriages, and Henry - who had become disenchanted with her even before Elizabeth's birth - decided to be rid of her.
Elizabeth developed a great relationship with her half brother Edward VI; they became even closer when he became king. Their strong relationship came to an end when Edward died at age fifteen due to a fatal lung disease, and tuberculosis (Hilliam 15). Her half sister Mary I, the daughter of Henry’s first wife Catherine of Aragon then took the throne (Bush 28). Mary I was often called “Bloody Mary” because of the number of people she had killed while trying to reconvert England to Catholicism. Mary felt threatened by the fact that Elizabeth was Protestant, and supported by the people of England (Gale 1).
After a long time of Prince Leopold of Saxe-Cobury admiring her, Princess Charlotte gave him a chance and finally they were married in 1816. Later she got pregnant and for nine months of doctors told her that she was not in good health to have the baby on November 5, 1817 at nine o'clock in the evening after a 50 hour labor, Princess Charlotte delivered a dead baby boy. That night she was obviously dying. The Prince was in her room for hours and left for but a moment when a doctor came out and told him his wife was dead.After many controversies between the royal family about who was to become the heir to the crown there was a female infant born in Kensington Palace in London on May 24, 1819.Born Alexandrina Victoria to Victoria Mary Louisa, daughter of the Duke of Saxe-Cobury-Saalfeld, and Edward Augustus, duke of Kent and Strathern, the fourth son of George III and youngest brother of George IV and William IV, both kings of Great Britain.In January of 1920 the Duke a Kent remembered a prophecy that a fortune teller told him. The fortune teller said two members of the royal family would die.
She was to marry Grand Duke Peter III of Holstein, he was sixteen. When Catherine met her husband she thought that he was weak, egotistical, unbalanced, ineffective and entirely Lutheran and German in his attitude. Catherine decided to convert to Russian Orthodoxy after a year of instruction and education from the Russian court. She was married in 1745 and became Grand Duchess Catherine of Russia. Catherine's life as a Grand Duchess from 1745 to 1762 was very difficult.
At the age of 14 she was chosen to be the wife of Karl Ulrich, duke of Holstein-Gottorp, grandson of "/bcom/eb/article/0/0,5716,60920+1+59428,00.html" the Great and heir to the throne of Russia as the Grand Duke Peter. In 1744 Catherine arrived in Russia, assumed the title of Grand Duchess Catherine Alekseyevna, and married her young cousin the following year. The marriage was a complete failure; the following 18 years were filled with deception and humiliation for her. Russia at the time was ruled by Peter the Great's daughter, the empress "/bcom/eb/article/5/0,5716,32975+1+32409,00.html", whose 20-year reign greatly stabilized the monarchy. Devoted to much pleasure and luxury and greatly desirous of giving her court the brilliancy of a European court, Elizabeth prepared the way for Catherine.
She was totally devoted to them and doing what they wanted. During her reign she acquired pieces of Poland, which made their empire even stronger. Considering what she went through she continued to restore Russia to the great country she knew it could be. European countries actually began to consider Russia a top country and all these factors contribute to why she was so great. Bibliography Alexander, John T. Catherine the Great.
Her story consists of many twists and turns that sets her apart from others, with the outcome of greatness. Catherine the Great also known as Sophie von Anhalt-Zerbst was born May 2, 1729, in Szczecin, Poland. Not much is said on her education but it is believed that she acquired formal education. The year is 1744, and a 15-year-old Sophie was just invited to Russia by Elizabeth who had assumed the throne three years earlier. Elizabeth eventually choosing her nephew Peter as heir was now looking for a bride.
June 2007. 27 March 2014 .) However, her life came to a quick halt whenever she was accused of the murder of her first husband, Lord Darnley. Whenever her father, James V of Scotland, died, she became the Queen of Scots at only six days old. Shortly after Mary Stuart was born, her father died.
He was murdered at the Following Battle of St Albans in 1461, struggling for the Lancastrian purpose. Her husband's lands were detained by the crown, and she and her two sons, Thomas and Richard were forced to live with her parents at Grafton. Elizabeth was widowed; however it did not last long, her and Edward IV, the king of England both got married after he found her under the oak tree waiting for him. From their he fell in love with her and was taken away by her beauty and her refusal to give in to his advances; however His marriage to the Elizabeth Woodville took place in secret weeks later after they had met, at her parents’ house in Grafton. Elizabeth Woodville’s marriage to the king of England created many problems between higher powers and his people, because Elizabeth Woodville was a commoner and from a clan of Lancastrian supporters who were enemies of his people.
Catherine II Catherine II of Russia was one of the most influential rulers in Russian history. Catherine was born a princess in Germany, originally named Sophie Fredericke Auguste von Anhalt-Zerbst, but moved to Russia, changed her name and married the heir to the throne (Massie 96). Prior to Catherine’s reign her husband, Peter III, whom she married at age fifteen was in power. Their marriage was an unhappy one and Peter often was unfaithful to Catherine .Peter also proved very unpopular among the Russian people. He was very immature and made many poor political decisions.