Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England , is one of the main characters and an antagonist. A female monarch still in her twenties, early yet in her rule. She is Mary Stuart 's cousin and rival. Elizabeth is a member of the House of Tudor by birth.
Historical People. After her mother was beheaded she was declared illegitimate. As Queen, Elizabeth needed to win the support of her people, both Catholics and Protestants, and those who believed that a woman could not rule a country by herself. One of the best ways for a monarch to win support was by making a tour of the country and showing themselves to the people. However, Elizabeth had many Catholic enemies and it was not safe for her to travel around the country.
She even promoted the cult of virginity that was to form the substance of her legend. For four centuries, historians have speculated as to why Elizabeth never married. In her own day, her decision to remain single was considered absurd and dangerous.
Queen Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots were two of the greatest, most legendary rivals in recorded history—although they never even met. In the other, Mary: feminine, charming, romantic and reckless. Though Anne had bewitched the King, she was despised by most of the court and the public. He also broke with the Catholic Church when the Pope refused to validate his marriage to Anne. It was not to be.