Elizabeth is the daughter of Anne Boleyn and King Henry the 8th. She was declared a bastard in 1537 when her father finally had a male child. After this no one believed that she would ever inherit the throne of England. Elizabeth was very damaged by the fact that her father kept beheading his wives. One of her step-mothers Catherine Howard, who was her mother’s cousin, was kind to her and it deeply affected her that another person she loved was beheaded (Weir Pg. 13). Many people believe that this is one of the main reasons that Elizabeth never wanted to marry. The institution itself was deeply flawed to her reasoning. I would be the same way if every time my father married he got to chop the woman’s head off because he was bored with her.
Elizabeth lived most of her life, till she reached the age of twenty-five, in exile and one of the places she lived was Hatfield. It was in this places that Elizabeth waited for Queen Mary to kick the bucket and give the throne over to her. Even then Elizabeth still didn’t think she would ever inherit up to this point. A few years ago she had been thrown in the Tower of Lo...
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... talk them out of trying to marry her off. Parliament in fact started every session out with a plea for her to marry and have little prince and princess’s. Queen Elizabeth used her feminine wiles to distance herself from the idea of marriage. She would sometimes seem to go along with marriage proposals for a while. Then she would cancel negations for a while. Elizabeth did this for many years. She seemed to know intuitively how much eagerness to show and when to be coolly indifferent.
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Richards, Judith. "The Two Tudors Queens Regent." History Review (2005): 1-42.
Weir, Alison. The Life of Elizabeth I. New York: Random House Inc., 2008.
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