- n. Queen of England from 1558 to 1603; daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; she succeeded Mary I (who was a Catholic) and restored Protestantism to England; during her reign Mary Queen of Scots was executed and the Spanish Armada was defeated; her reign was marked by prosperity and literary genius (1533-1603)
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“Certainly the second half of the sixteenth century saw an unusual number of female rulers, if one remembers that before Elizabeth I there reigned Mary I ( "Bloody Mary") and before Mary Queen of Scots, her mother Marie de Guise served as Regent of Scotland.”
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