Who was the Queen of England in the 16th century?

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During the sixteenth century, there were a number of queens. The majority of these queens were the consorts (wife) of the king and did not rule in their own right.

However, three women did rule the country as the sole monarch. The first of these was Lady Jane Grey who ruled England for only nine days, from 10 July 1553 to 19 July 1553. She was later executed in the Tower of London.

After Jane, there was Queen Mary I, the daughter of Henry VIII. She ruled from 19 July 1553 to 17 November 1558. Mary is often called Bloody Mary, owing to her relentless persecution of Protestants because she wanted to restore Catholicism as England's sole religion. As Mary did not have any children of her own, the crown then passed to her sister.

Mary's sister, Queen Elizabeth I, is probably the most famous queen of this century. She ruled from 17 November 1558 (the day of Mary's death) until her own death on 24 March 1603.

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There were several queens of England during the 16th century. Here's a list of them:

Elizabeth of York (1466-1503)--wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII

Katherine of Aragon (1485-1536)--first wife of Henry VIII

Anne Boleyn (1501-1536)--second wife of Henry VIII

Jane Seymour (1508-1537)--third wife of Henry VIII

Anne of Cleves (1515-1557)--fourth wife of Henry VIII

Katherine Howard (1521-1542)--fifth wife of Henry VIII. Interestingly, she was a cousin of Anne Boleyn; she and Anne were the two wives who were convicted of treason and executed

Katherine Parr (1512-1548)--sixth wife of Henry VIII

Jane Dudley (better known as Lady Jane Grey; 1536-1554)--she was queen for only 9 days. Her grandmother was sister to Henry VIII, and she was put on the throne in a conspiracy to secure Protestantism in England and to further the ambitions of her father-in-law, John Dudley

Mary I (1516-1558)--daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon

Elizabeth I (1533-1603)--daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. She was a patron of Shakespeare and one of the greatest monarchs of English history

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