Princess Elizabeth was born on Sunday, the seventh of September, 1533, .
Her father did not want a daughter he wanted a son to succeed to the throne of England. Anne, Elizabeth's mom was accused of incest, adultery, and, witchcraft and was arrested a couple years later. Anne was beheaded on Tower Green on May 19, 1536 when Elizabeth was only two years old. In the next six years of her life she had three stepmothers. .
Her father King Henry VIII died on January 28,1547 when she was thirteen. After King Henry died Elizabeth's step brother Edward from Henrys third wife became king. Edward died in 1553 and was replaced by his older half-sister, Mary. Mary wanted to restore Catholicism in England. Elizabeth "became the focus and beneficiary of plots to overthrow the government and restore Protestantism. Elizabeth was briefly locked up in the Tower of London and just barely missed the fate that happened to her mother (Alice Jagger)." Mary died on the of November 17, 1558. .
Elizabeth was now just twenty five years old, and Queen of England. The question every one was asking now was who is going to marry the Queen? She had many suitors but never married. A year after she took the throne there was a war going on between England and France. England economy was poor the treasury could not support the government. After this war she was having a hard time keeping the country under control. Her people were unemployed and had bad harvest. Queen Elizabeth had to decide what religion best suited England without starting a war. She signed laws like the religious settlement of 1559 saying that Protestant was England's official religion. By this time the Queen had ended the war with the help of Sir William Cecil. Because of this, rumors had been spread that Catholics were going to assassinate Elizabeth just as they had assassinated the other major Protestant leader in Europe.
The Spanish Armada was a Spanish fleet that "would sail to the Netherlands, pick up the large Spanish army fighting in the Netherlands, and transport that army to England, where Catholicism would be imposed on the English.