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Elizabeth i and marriage

Elizabeth I and Marriage

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Elizabeth i and marriage

Who will Elizabeth marry?

As soon as Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, people expected her to get married, and started to wonder about who her husband would be.

Marriage was seen as essential for a wealthy and powerful woman, especially a queen.

Marriage would not be for romantic reasons, but for other reasons...

What reasons are there for Elizabeth to marry?


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Reasons for marriage


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The pros and cons of marriage

From Elizabeth’s point of view, there were both advantages and disadvantages to getting married.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Marrying a foreigner might lead to meddling in English affairs.

Produce an heir to continue the Protestant religion and avoid fighting after she dies.

Parliament would stop pressuring her.

Marrying an Englishman would lead to jealously and in-fighting.

Could create a powerful alliance to increase England’s strength.

A husband might try to take over and rule.


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Elizabeth’s suitors

Over the course of her reign, Elizabeth considered marriage proposals from over 20 men!

On the next five slides, you will see information about some of the more serious possibilities.

Imagine you are a member of the Privy Council (the group that advised Elizabeth).

What would you advise Elizabeth to do?


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Elizabeth’s suitors

Duke of Alençon

Philip of Spain

Robert Dudley

William of Orange

Eric of Sweden

Click on a picture to find out more…


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What did Elizabeth decide to do?

What did you advise Elizabeth to do?

In fact, Elizabeth never married, although she continued to consider her different suitors until she was in her 50s!

Instead, she said she was married to her country, telling parliament:

I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England.


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Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency

Name

Philip

Title:

King of Spain

Are you: Protestant Catholic

Are you: English Other

If you chose Other, write it here:

Spanish

Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy

How did you make your money?

Spain is a very rich and powerful country; I own lots of land around the world.

Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only)

Ruled England when married to Elizabeth’s sister, Mary I – English people did not like this. Very anti-Protestant.

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Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency

Name

Francis

Title:

Duke of Alençon

Are you: Protestant Catholic

Are you: English Other

If you chose Other, write it here:

French

Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy

How did you make your money?

I am the brother of the French king, and so own lots of land.

Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only)

Younger than Elizabeth. Not as strong a Catholic as Philip. Could create a powerful union against Spain.

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Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency

Name

Robert Dudley

Title:

Earl of Leicester

Are you: Protestant Catholic

Are you: English Other

If you chose Other, write it here:

-

Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy

How did you make your money?

The queen is my mistress, and my childhood friend; she has given me land and a title.

Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only)

The queen’s favourite. His wife, Amy Robsart, died in suspicious circumstances.

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Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency

Name

Eric

Title:

King of Sweden

Are you: Protestant Catholic

Are you: English Other

If you chose Other, write it here:

Swedish

Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy

How did you make your money?

Despite being a king, I do not have much money.

Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only)

Popular with the people, but not a strong alliance.

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Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency

Name

William

Title:

Prince of Orange

Are you: Protestant Catholic

Are you: English Other

If you chose Other, write it here:

Dutch

Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy

How did you make your money?

I am the son of the queen of Holland and own lots of the country.

Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only)

Strong Protestant; fighting a war with Spain; could be a powerful ally?

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