40 Facts About Anne Boleyn That May Help You Understand Her Better
Elizabeth was initially removed from her place in line for the throne.
Elizabeth’s half-brother Edward VI went on to inherit the throne from their father King Henry. He ruled until his death in 1533 and bequeathed the throne to Lady Jane Gray. This ignored the claims of both of his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. It was also against statute law. The will was set aside, and Lady Jane Gray was removed from ruling. Mary took her place and became Queen. During her rule, Elizabeth was imprisoned for nearly a year for being suspected of supporting Protestant rebels. Upon Mary’s death in 1558, Elizabeth ascended to the throne and ruled as Queen of England and Ireland from 1558 to 1603.