Why Is Queen Elizabeth I Executed

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Born in 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was the ruler over England from the age of twenty-five until her death in 1603. In those seventy years, she made her name well distinguished, as she was seen as incredibly intelligent, as well as mentally strong. Since the day she was born, the world seemingly was against her. Her father, King Henry VIII, wanted a male child to adhere the throne, and was instantly upset at the product of a female child. Then, only at six, Elizabeth’s mother was executed due to adultery and treason. However, this did not halt her work at becoming a distinguished princess. She studied many different subjects rigorously, and followed her religion faithfully. Even when her half sister Mary caused some trouble of determining which …show more content…

If anyone asked she said she was “wedded to the country.” Six days before writing “A Letter to King James VI of Scotland,” Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed under Elizabeth’s ruling. James, being Mary’s son, was understandably upset about this act, as some speculate that her execution was uncalled for. However, Elizabeth did sign the approval for the execution, and the following letter was written. Written on Valentine’s day in 1587, this letter is anything but warm smiles and happy hearts, although Queen Elizabeth might want to have the reader fooled. Her introductory line, “My dear brother” presents the idea of a close bond between both King James VIII and Queen Elizabeth of England, despite only executing his mother (her aunt) six days prior. Being only cousins, she uses the term “brother” to insinuate the idea that they are ideally closer than their actual relation, which is just cousins. To Elizabeth, they are siblings in such a way that they both rule over nations, having to control the rules, people, and politics that surround them. One may speculate that Elizabeth purposefully started her letter with this term to show that she is indeed friendly with James, and that the execution was purely

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