About Elizabeth I, Queen of England and Ireland.I'm doing a biography on Elizabeth I, but I can't find much information about her childhood. Can someone give me a quick summary?
Queen Elizabeth I had a very interesting childhood! It was pretty scary, actually. As you know, her mother was Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII. Henry had Anne beheaded! When Elizabeth was a child, she lived in constant fear that her half-sister, Queen Mary (also called "Bloody Mary," daughter of Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon) would have her killed. Mary hated Elizabeth because Henry divorced Catherine (her mother) in order to marry Anne Boleyn, ushering in the Protestant Reformation in England because divorce was not allowed in Catholic England. Further, Elizabeth was a Protestant and "Bloody Mary" a Catholic. Even more reason for sisterly hate!
There was a scandal involving the young "Lady Elizabeth" and Sir Thomas Seymour, but the crafty young woman was able to emerge unscathed. Henry VIII's 4th wife, Anne of Cleves, was instrumental in calling Lady Elizabeth back to her father's court and trying to cement Henry's relationship with his daughter. It is all very, very fascinating.
See the good link below for information about her early childhood. Also look up information on her father, Henry VIII, and her mother, Anne Boleyn, to dig up information about her early childhood. There is also a good overview here on enotes.