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Monarchy and Matrimony: The Courtships of Elizabeth I by Susan Doran

By Susan Doran

Monarchy and Matrimony is the 1st entire learn of Elizabeth I's courtships. Susan Doran argues that the cult of the `Virgin Queen' used to be invented by way of her ministers, and that Elizabeth used to be compelled into celibacy by means of political necessity. Doran's special exam of different fits is predicated on wide archival examine throughout Europe. instead of targeting Elizabeth's character and photograph, she perspectives the query inside a much broader political and non secular context. She exhibits how the query of Elizabeth's marriage was once divisive for England, affecting either political lifestyles and diplomacy, and inspiring well known propaganda within the type of performs, poetry and work.

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Only three of his ships arrived safely in England, one of them containing twenty-four horses of which six had died from lack of drinking water. 103 As a result of this misfortune, Eric began to have second thoughts about his romantic mission and told the queen that he would need to see more positive signs of her interest in the match before setting off again; but instead of receiving any indication that she wanted the courtship to continue, Eric was treated to rumours of her scandalous relationship with Dudley.

67 Feria, however, had his doubts about the matrimonial scheme. First, he was suspicious about the way that the Austrians were carrying out independent negotiations, and irritated that the emperor and archdukes ‘apparently will not understand that your Majesty’s influence in this matter is so great that it may be said to be in your gift’. Feria’s concern was not simply a matter of etiquette but rather an anxiety about the future; he worried that after the wedding the Austrians would continue to act independently and not in accordance with Spanish interests.

127 In the knowledge that Arran’s main rival was Eric, the lords tried to persuade the English that a Scottish match would bring far greater political rewards than a marriage with the Swede. 129 By this time, however, Cecil’s interest in the match had cooled. Neither he nor Elizabeth could see any immediate political advantage in the offer. The Scots were already her allies and there now seemed no likelihood that the French would retain a presence in Scotland, as Cecil had feared when he had originally suggested the match.

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