Today in History: Queen Mary I, the monarch of England and Ireland since 1553, dies and is succeeded by her 25-year-old half-sister, Elizabeth.
The long reign of Elizabeth, who became known as the “Virgin Queen” for her reluctance to endanger her authority through marriage, coincided with the flowering of the English Renaissance, associated with such renowned authors as William Shakespeare. By her death in 1603, England had become a major world power in every respect, and Queen Elizabeth I passed into history as one of England’s greatest monarchs.
I know this isn’t European history, but if you go on this blog, you can ask President Andrew Jackson questions. He may have died 117 years ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s not hungry for your inquiries!
Anyone else feel like Old Hickory is crushing on Henry Clay, or is that just me?
Warning: it might take you a few hours to read through completely.
Adolph von Menzel, Flute Concert with Frederick the Great in Sanssouci (detail). 1850-1852.
Will I ever stop reblogging this painting? Yes, one day. That day is not today.