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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:23 PM   #1

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Why didn't Elizabeth I ever marry?


It seems fitting that we have a thread about the virgin queen. Why didn't she marry?

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Old December 1st, 2012, 09:57 PM   #2

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It seems fitting that we have a thread about the virgin queen. Why didn't she marry?
It looks to me that Queen Elizabeth I was the heroine of feminists of her day. I have a string of direct female ancestresses who were named Elizabeth, starting in the early 1600s.

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ThereĦs speculation she was a lesbo or that she had lovers but no desire to share power with someone else
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Maybe she was put off by watching how her father treated his wives.
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Elizabeth entertained the idea of marriage well into her 40s when she considered marrying Francis, Duke of Anjou. But ultimately, I don't think she was prepared to put England into the hands of a foreigner - and she could never marry an English subject... she saw how disastrous that was for her cousin Mary. I think she did want to marry but either way she approached it, it would cause too many problems.
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Maybe she was put off by watching how her father treated his wives.
I think you're onto something. If my father had beheaded two of his wives, one being my mother, I too would think twice about getting married.
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that's what i've always thought, you could get dumped, lose your head or die in childbirth. no positives there..
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:15 AM   #8

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that's what i've always thought, you could get dumped, lose your head or die in childbirth. no positives there..
And we thought it was bad enough these days, just add your list to it and it is enough to turn a woman gay or celibate!
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 08:22 AM   #9

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Female rulers were uncommen at this time so historical precedents were few and far between. So if Elizabeth gets married and hubby becomes prince whatshisface, exactly who runs the country. Is her husband going to sit to one side chatting about fashion, or as is he more likely stick his beak into politics and start competing with Elizabeth. It was a mans world and who was going to be listened to a prince or the illegitimate (bar steward) daughter of some heretical, doxy who was almost universaly hated.
Elizabeth was never going to get married, she wanted to rule in her own right.
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Because she was a total ming.... err... I mean, she may have had no desire to share the power of her throne with a man, especially if the husband was one of the other crowned heads of Europe - I believe there was the prospect of a union with the King of Spain at one point.
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