Elizabeth I Topic Guide

Queen Elizabeth I (1533-1603) ruled England for 44 years. She is widely considered to be one of the country’s most successful monarchs ever.

During her reign, explorers sailed around the globe, William Shakespeare wrote plays and Protestantism was established in England.

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Elizabeth I Facts

  • Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
  • She was the third child of Henry VIII to become the English monarch.
  • Elizabeth kept her cousin Mary Queen of Scots, in prison for nearly 20 years, and then had her executed.
  • Elizabeth never married.
  • The first known wristwatch was given to Elizabeth by Robert Dudley in 1571.


Queen Elizabeth I

This video is a good overview of Elizabeth’s reign, especially the religious and political issues.

Running Time: 4:28

Historical Desktop: Elizabeth I

This Horrible Histories video gives an insight into Elizabeth’s suitors.

Running Time: 4:06

What was the Spanish Armada?

This video gives the historical background and details about the Armada in a child-friendly format.

Running Time 5:58


The Actor, the Rebel and the Wrinkled Queen

A historical novel set in the world of Elizabethan theatre.

Get Up, Elizabeth!

Even princesses have to get up, whether they want to or not!

The Time-Travelling Cat and the Tudor Treasure

The Time-Travelling cat travels back to the court of Elizabeth I

Who Was Queen Elizabeth?

An illustrated biography of the queen.

Avoid Sailing in the Spanish Armada!

This humorous book explores the dangers to the sailors in the Spanish Armada.

Tudor (Eyewitness)

Find out more about the Tudors in this beautifully illustrated book.

The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

This comic strip style book covers lots of events from Elizabeth’s reign.

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