Elizabeth - From The Prison To The Palace
Her mother had been executed and her new stepmother had produced a male heir to the throne. The young Elizabeth had been rapidly demoted! Edward VI never grew big enough to fill his father's shoes and Mary's inheritance of the crown saw Elizabeth banished to the tower where she faced the darkest moments of her life. Deliverance came with Mary's death and Elizabeth became Queen. As Starkey says: "Now came the difficult bit . . . "