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Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I
This comprehensive Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I details the major events significant to life of Queen Elizabeth I of England. The Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I starts during the Tudor period with the birth of Queen Elizabeth I. The timeline then goes on to reign of Lady Jane Grey, Edward VI and Mary Tudor (Bloody Mary).  Dates of all of the major events and people who were important to Queen Elizabeth I are detailed in the Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I .Her half brother and half sister, the politicians, suitors, and her adversaries are all featured.

 
 
 

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Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I

Major events during the  childhood of Queen Elizabeth I

1533

  • January 25th 1533 Henry married Anne Boleyn and is excommunicated by Pope Clement VII
  • 7 September 1533 - Queen Elizabeth I the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, is born

1536

  • May 2nd 1536 Anne Boleyn arrested and taken to the Tower
  • May 15th 1536 Anne Boleyn tried for treason, adultery and incest in the Great Hall of the Tower of London
 
 

Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I

Major events during the  childhood of Queen Elizabeth I

1536

  • May 19th 1536 Anne Boleyn executed on Tower Hill. Anne's body and head were buried in an unmarked grave in the Chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula
  • Within 24 hours of Anne Boleyn's execution, Jane Seymour and Henry VIII were formally betrothed
  • On the 30th of May 1536 King Henry and Jane Seymour were married

1537

  • Jane Seymour dies after the premature birth of a son, the future King Edward VI - 12 October, 1537
  • Princess Elizabeth is declared a bastard
  • Elizabeth spent most of her youth at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

1540

  • Henry VIII marries Anne of Cleves but the marriage is annulled
  • July 28th 1540 - 49 year old Henry married 19 year old Catherine Howard

1542

  • 13th February 1542 - Catherine Howard is executed for adultery
  • The nine-year-old Elizabeth was distraught when her father beheaded Catherine Howard. Catherine was Ann Boleyn's cousin and had been very kind to Elizabeth.
  • 8 December 1542- Mary Stuart is born at Linlithgow Palace

1543

  • 12th July 1543 - Henry marries Katherine Parr who had a near brush with death when she was linked with 'heretical' religious reformers

1547

  • King Henry VIII the father of Queen Elizabeth I dies on 28 January, 1547
 

Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I

Major events during the  childhood of Queen Elizabeth I

1547

  • Edward VI (Henry's son by Jane Seymour) becomes King of England
  • Princess Elizabeth lives with Katherine Parr

1548

  • Elizabeth leaves Katherine Parr's household under questionable circumstances because of rumors of an affair between Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour, Katherine's husband
  • Katherine Parr dies in childbirth
 
 

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The Reign of
 Queen Mary I
(aka Mary Tudor and Bloody Mary)

1549
Introduction of uniform Protestant service in England based on Edward
VI's Book of Common Prayer
1551
Princess Elizabeth returns to court
1553
  • 6 July, King Edward VI dies of tuberculosis and he left the throne to 'the Lady Jane and her heirs male.'
1553
  • Insurrection is led by Henry Grey, duke of Suffolk whose daughter, Jane is married to his son, Lord Guildford Dudley, as part of a plot to alter the succession
  • Monday 10th July 1553 Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen of England (Queen for just Nine Days)
  • 19th July 1553 Queen Jane was deposed as Queen
  • 6 July 1553 - Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, and sister of Elizabeth is proclaimed Queen of England
1554
  • 12th February 1554 Lady Jane Grey and her husband Guildford Dudley were executed at the Tower of London
  • Queen Mary marries Philip II of Spain
  • Protestant rebellion, led by Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger, and rumors of Elizabeth's involvement have her imprisoned in the Tower of London on false charges

  • Mar 18, 1554 - Princess Elizabeth was imprisoned in the Tower for eight weeks

  • April 11, 1554, Thomas Wyatt was executed

  • May 19, 1554 - Princess Elizabeth transfers from the Tower of London to Woodstock
 

Timeline of Queen Elizabeth I

The Reign of
 Queen Mary I
(aka Mary Tudor and Bloody Mary)

1555

  • England returns to Roman Catholicism
  • Protestants are persecuted and 300 are burnt at the stake (in later times this leads to Queen Mary I being called Bloody Mary)
  • Her husband, Philip II returns to Spain

1558

  • England loses Calais, last English possession in France
  • Queen Mary I dies on November 17, 1558
 
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1558 - 1568 )

1558

November 17,  Accession of Queen Elizabeth,  Elizabeth succeeded her Catholic sister Mary I and re-established the Protestant Anglican Church. (Reigned 1558 - 1603)
  • Repeal of Catholic legislation in England

1559

  • Jan 13, 1559 - Elizabeth crowned Queen of England
  • The Prayer Book - Jun 24, 1559 - The Elizabethan Prayer Book is first used

1560

  • Siege of Leith, English troops besiege the French
  • Jul. 6, 1560 - Treaty of Edinburgh between England, France, and Scotland

1560

  • Sep 8, 1560 - The wife of Robert Dudley, Amy Robsart, is found dead at the foot of the stairs in her home, Cumnor Place, Oxford
  • Dec 15, 1560 - Sir Thomas Parry dies

1561

  • Aug. 19, 1561 - Return of Mary Stuart  ( Mary Queen of Scots ) to Scotland
  • Sep. 20, 1561 - Treaty signed at Hampton Court ,Elizabeth pledges support of the French Huguenots

1562

  • Council of Trent
  • Jul 15, 1562 - Elizabeth cancels a meeting with Mary, Queen of Scots because of Mary’s continued attacks on French Protestants - they never meet
  • Queen Elizabeth almost dies of Smallpox
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1558 - 1568 )

1563

  • The Thirty-nine Articles, which complete establishment of the Anglican Church

  • When the Black Death ( Bubonic Plague ) broke out in London in 1563, Queen Elizabeth I moved her court to Windsor Castle where she erected gallows and ordered that anyone coming from London was to be hanged

1564

  • The Peace of Troyes between England and France
  • April 23 William Shakespeare was born
  • Queen Elizabeth takes share of profit from John Hawkins slave trade
 
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1558 - 1568 )

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1578 )

1565

  • The Lord Darnley Marriage to Mary Queen of Scots - Mary marries her 19-year-old cousin Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley; aged 22
1566
  • Mar 9, 1566 - The Murder of David Rizzio
  • Jun 19, 1566 - Mary Stuart's only child is born (James, later king of Scotland and England)
1567
  • Feb. 10, 1567 - Murder of Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots
  • Mary Queen of Scots marries James Hepburn, the 30-year-old Earl of Bothwell causing a rebellion
  • May 15, 1567 - Mary Queen of Scots imprisoned
  • Jul. 24, 1567 - Mary abdicates and her baby son, James, becomes King James VI, King of Scotland - her illegitimate brother, the Earl of Murray acts as Protector
1568
  • The Catholic Mary Queen of Scots is imprisoned by Elizabeth I at Fotheringay Castle
  • Parliament and the Queen's Marriage
1569
  • Elizabeth exonerates Mary Queen of Scots from the charges made against her
  • The Nevilles of Durham and Percys of Northumberland plot to overthrow Elizabeth I and reinstate Roman Catholicism in “The Rising of the North”
  • Pope Pius V heard of the revolt and decided to help the rebels by deposing Elizabeth
  • The rebellion failed but the Pope's action increased her distrust of Catholics
  • The leaders are later executed
  • Oct 1, 1569 - Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk is imprisoned in the Tower for plotting to marry Mary, Queen of Scots
1570
  • 1570 The excommunication of Elizabeth I by the Catholic Church
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1578 )

1571
  • Jan 2, 1571 - Marriage negotiations between Elizabeth and Henry, Duke of Anjou
  • Feb 25, 1571 - Sir William Cecil is created Lord Burghley
1572
  • 1572 August 24, St Bartholomew's Day massacre where French Protestants were massacred by French Catholics in Paris which was witnessed by Sir Philip Sidney, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis
    Walsingham. Similar atrocities elsewhere in France result in thousands of deaths, and caused panic in England with fears of a Catholic invasion
 
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1578 )

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1588 )

1573
  • Sir Francis Drake captures a shipment of silver destined for Spain
  • Dec 21, 1573 - Sir Francis Walsingham appointed Principal Secretary of State and becomes Elizabeth's chief spy master
1575
  • Nov 14, 1575 - Queen Elizabeth declines to accept the sovereignty of the Netherlands
1576
  • May 9, 1576 - The Earl of Essex is restored the title of "Earl Marshal of Ireland"
  • Sep 22, 1576 - The Earl of Essex dies
1577
  • Alliance between England and Netherlands
  • Francis Drake sails around the world ( and returns in 1580) renaming his ship the Pelican to  the Golden Hind
1578
  • Mar 10, 1578 - Queen Elizabeth sends 20,000 pounds to aid the Dutch
  • Sep 21, 1578 - Robert Dudley secretly marries Lady Lettice Knollys, at Wanstead
1579
  • Jun 17, 1579 - Sir Francis Drake claims England’s sovereignty over New Albion (California)
  • Aug 17, 1579 - Francis, Duke of Anjou, visits Queen Elizabeth at Greenwich hoping to marry her
  • Oct 7, 1579 - The Privy Council fails to support Queen Elizabeth in the marriage treaty with the Duke of Anjou
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1588 )

1580
  • Sep 26, 1580 - Francis Drake returns to England in triumph
1581
  • Sir Francis Drake takes more plunder form Spain who protests and demand restitution. Elizabeth refuses!
  • Mar 18, 1581 - Parliament passes strict legislation against Roman Catholics with heavy fines hearing Mass
  • May 4, 1581 - Francis Drake is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
    Nov 7, 1581 - A marriage treaty between Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Anjou is signed.
 
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1569 - 1588 )

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1591 - 1603 )

1584
  • William of Orange is murdered and England sends aid to the Netherlands
  • Mar 25, 1584 - Walter Raleigh receives the patent to explore and settle in North America
  • 1584 Jun 4, Virginia colony of Roanoke Island established by Sir Walter Raleigh
  • Jun 15, 1584 - Francis, Duke of Anjou dies
1585
  • Jun 29, 1585 - Queen Elizabeth declines offers by the Dutch commission for sovereignty of the Low Countries
  • Aug 14, 1585 - Queen Elizabeth issues a declaration taking the Netherlands under her protection
  • Dec 8, 1585 - Robert Dudley leads the English army to fight the Spanish forces who are occupying the Netherlands
1586
  • Conspiracy against Elizabeth I involving Mary Queen of Scots
  • The Babbington Plot - Sir Francis Walsingham discovers plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. The leader of the plot was Anthony Babbington
  • Jul 1, 1586 - Treaty of Berwick - Queen Elizabeth and James VI of Scotland form a league of amity
  • Oct. 25, 1586 - Mary Queen of Scots is convicted of involvement in the Babbington plot
1587
  • Feb. 8, 1587 - Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
  • England at war with Spain
1587
  • Apr 19, 1587 - Drake destroys the Spanish fleet at Cadiz
  • Jun 18, 1587 - Queen Elizabeth appoints Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, as her Master of the Horse
1588
  • Aug. 8, 1588 - The Spanish Armada of 132 ships is defeated by the English fleet of  34 ships and 163 armed merchant vessels under Lord Howard of Effingham, Sir Francis Drake, and Sir John Hawkins ( war between Spain and England continues until 1603 )
  • Sep 4, 1588 - Lord Robert Dudley dies
1591
  • Apr 10, 1591 - James Lancaster sets sail from Plymouth to the East Indies
  • Apr 17, 1591 - Queen Elizabeth sends to aid King Henry IV of France lead by Sir John Norris with 3000 men
  • Sep 5, 1591 - Sir Richard Grenville dies.
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1591 - 1603 )

1592
  • Thomas Cavendish, English sailor and explorer dies ( he was born in 1555)
  • January 30 1592 - The death of Pope Innocent IX during the previous year had left the Papal throne vacant. Ippolito Aldobrandini is elected Pope Clement VIII.
1593
  • 1593 London Theatres close due to the Bubonic Plague (The Black Death)
  • Queen Elizabeth tells Parliament that she has the right to assent or dissent from anything they do
  • Penalties are proposed for people who refuse to attend Church of England services and to make it a crime to attend Catholic services
 
 

Timeline of
 Queen Elizabeth I
( 1591 - 1603 )

1596
  • English fleet under the Earl of Essex and Lord Howard of Effingham capture Cadiz
1597
  • Irish rebellion under Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone (finally put down 1601)
  • King Philip II sends a second armada against England - a storm scatters his ships
  • Elizabeth makes Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex the Earl Marshal of England
1599
  • The Queen's favourite Robert, Earl of Essex was placed in charge of a large English army to suppress Irish rebels. Instead, Essex signed an unauthorized truce with the Earl of Tyrone - the greatest rebel
  • Queen Elizabeth deprives Essex of his titles and ordered his arrest
1600
  • Queen Elizabeth I grants charter to East India Company
1601
  • Elizabethan Poor Law charges the parishes with providing for the needy
  • Essex attempts rebellion
  • 25th February 1601 Robert Devereux (1566-1601), Earl of Essex is executed on Tower Green
1603
  • Queen Elizabeth dies on 24 March 1603 of of blood poisoning
  • James I of England, James VI of Scotland, (great-great-grandson of Henry VII) is proclaimed King
 

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