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I was the daughter of King Henry the Eighth and Queen Anne Boleyn. I was Queen of England for 45 years. People call it the Elizabethan Age. It was a time of great achievement. Our sailors went around the world and discovered many things. The country became rich. The Elizabethan Age was famous for writers and musicians.

I had many enemies. The King of Spain sent his Armada of ships to invade England, but my sailors defeated them. Some people in England plotted to kill me, but they were all caught and executed.

I was born in Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire. When I was 18, I married but I did not stay in Stratford. I went to London and became an actor.

I performed with a group called the Lord Chamberlain's Men. We were very popular and everybody, including Queen Elizabeth the First, came to watch us. In 1597, we built our own theatre called 'The Globe'. As well as acting, I wrote most of the plays we performed. I wrote about comedy, tragedy and history. My plays are all great stories that include many of the most famous words ever written. I also wrote many poems. My 28 plays, two long poems and 154 shorter poems have been performed and read ever since in every country in the world.

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