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Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, ruled England from 1558 to 1603 during what is known as the Elizabethan Age. Elizabeth’s reign was a time of great prosperity and achievement, and her court was center for poets. Elizabeth I, one of England’s greatest sovereigns, had her grandfather’s frugality and care and her father’s imperious manner and his ability to charm and overwhelm. She had a sense of what people wanted and would allow, and she had the judgement to pick able and devoted ministers.