A few years later, Henry accused Anne of incest, which historians agree was probably untrue - but Anne was beheaded in May 1536, and Elizabeth, not even three years old, was sent to live with relatives so she wouldn't remind Henry of Anne. Henry had remarried Jane Seymour, who gave birth to Henry's son, Edward, later to be Edward VI, but died soon afterwards. Catherine Parr, Henry's sixth and final wife, brought Elizabeth and Mary back to court. As the Dowager Queen, she moved away from court and left the ruling of the country to Edward VI, who was still a young boy. Edward Seymour (young Edward's uncle) became Lord Protector of England.
It was the death of Edward VI, in 1553, that brought about the realization of Henry VIII’s nightmare of having no male heirs. Although Edward attempted to keep his sister’s out of the will (he did not want his Catholic oldest sister, Mary, to have control of the Protestant country he had inherited from his father) and appoint Jane Grey as heir. However Mary quickly declared herself queen at her manor Kenninghall on July 9, 15531. Jane’s feeble claim,passing over Mary, Elizabeth, Mary Stuart, and her mother, could have been declared Edward’s desire, however his council’s authority died along with him. Northumberland, the man behind Jane’s campaign, also did an about face at Cambridge, supporting Mary’s claim to the throne.
Many Roman Catholics considered Elizabeth’s rule to be illegal. The Roman Catholics did not agree with the authority of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth’s mother. Mary’s great grandfather was Henry VII( Henry VIII father). Since Mary was a descendant of the Tudor line, she had a strong claim to the english throne. Henry II, Mary’s French father-in-law, made this claim on her behalf.
On July 6th King Edward died, but his death was kept secret for a couple of days (Greaves par 1-2). This meant Mary, Elizabeth, Mary of Scotland or Lady Jane Grey could become queen. For the first time England had no choice, but to have a women as ruler (“Lady Jane Grey” par 5-7). Edward VI actually wanted Lady Jane as queen because she was protestant and Mary was Rom... ... middle of paper ... ...ne par 3). February 12, 1554 Lady Jane Grey was beheaded at the tower of London right after her husband.
On March 4 1526, Mary Boleyn gave birth to a son, named Henry, he was widely assumed to be the son of King Henry VIII although was not acknowledged as such. Although Henry diverted his attention to Anne Boleyn, she did not in love with Henry VIII as fast as he did with her. Anne had seen how her sister Mary had given into the King and been quickly discarded (“Tudor” 2). Anne had no intention of making this mistake. She made it c... ... middle of paper ... ...he other four beheaded.
(Ridgway, 2012) a. Because of Catherine’s inability to produce an heir, Henry sought out misstresses in hopes that one... ... middle of paper ... ...ollowing Anne’s execution Henry was married again, but Anne was not forgotten. Restate Thesis: To most it may seem that the impact that Anne had on the English monarchy was minimal, but her flirtatious past with Henry and her untimely end provided the means necessary for her daughter, Elizabeth, to establish herself as the rightful ruler of England. Closing Statement: Elizabeth was able to avenge her mother by proving to her country that an heir was not necessary for a ruler to be successful; ironically, that very notion killed her mother. References Anne Boleyn Biography.
In 1534, the Act of Supremacy was passed, and Mary was no longer considered an heir to the throne. However two years later Mary’s father had married a new wife named Jane Seymore. Jane wanted King Henry VIII to reunite with his children. Mary did reconcile with her father and was chosen to be the godmother of Jane’s newborn son Edward. This reconciliation with her father put her next in ... ... middle of paper ... ...ary was a Queen that ruled with an intellect many did not believe women were capable of.
This quote from Judith M. Richards aptly sums up the role of women in the sixteenth century as they were seen as possessions of their fathers as they were used to further their families ambitious. It was unimaginable that women would rule a country by herself, as before the accession of Queen Mary in 1553, England had never crowned a regent queen. This was the despite the strong claims of Empress Matilda who was not allowed to rule in her own right but instead her rights were passed onto her son who would become king after her cousin Stephen died. Another example is Elizabeth of York who was seen as her father’s heir and was married to Henry Tudor to ensure that England had a male ruler. Towards the end of Edward’s VI reign, when it was clear that he was going to die without issue, all the possible contenders for the throne were female.
In the book of Leviticus, it states that if a man takes his brother's wife they shall remain childless. Even though they had a healthy daughter, Mary, this did not count in Henry's eyes, it was the male heir to the thrown that he wanted. Catherine was adamant in her claims that she had not consummated her marriage with Author, Henry's brother. The political and legal debate continued for six years, Catherine not only wanted to retain her position, but also her daughter's position in the kingdom. Things came to a close when Anne became pregnant in 1533.
Biography of Princess Elizabeth Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. When the little Princess was born on Sunday, the seventh of September, 1533, few could have predicted the glittering life ahead of her. Her birth was undoubtedly a great disappointment to her father, and a political disaster for her mother and all her supporters. For many years, Henry's main goal in life had been to father a healthy son to succeed him to the throne of England. Despite twenty years of marriage to the Spanish Catherine of Aragon, and the birth of several children, by 1533, Henry had only one living legitimate child, a daughter, Mary.