Currently reading The Life of Elizabeth I. According to the introduction, it was originally going to be about her private life, but she really didn't have one of those. I mean, she was always surrounded by servants, or men from the Council. She never was alone after accession. I'm up to the 1570's, and Mary, Queen of Scots is currently imprisoned, and because she's trying to claim the English throne for herself, she's intriguing against Elizabeth, who is her cousin, once removed. Parliament is trying to execute her, but Elizabeth refuses to do it.
I'm also reading The Lady in the Tower, which is about the final days of Anne Boleyn, the mother of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth was only two and a half when her mother was executed for treason and adultery. They say this, along with the execution of her father's fifth wife, Katherine Howard, was the reason why Elizabeth I never married. (They didn't call her the Virgin Queen for nothing. Oh, and Virginia was named after her.)