Elizabeth I was the only daughter of the marriage of King Henry VIII of England and Anne Boleyn, Queen consort of England. She reigned from November 17, 1558 - March 24, 1603, upon her death. Elizabeth I is often referred to as the "virgin queen" because she had never married and was childless. The period of her reign is known as the Elizabethan era, and famous for writers and playwrights such as William Shakespeare. She is buried in Westminster Abbey. Anne Boleyn was the second wife of King Henry VIII, and was charged and tried for treason and beheaded. The charges were false and an excuse to rid Henry VIII of a wife who could not bare him a son.