By Susan Doran
Monarchy and Matrimony is the 1st accomplished examine of Elizabeth I's courtships. Susan Doran argues that the cult of the `Virgin Queen' was once invented via her ministers, and that Elizabeth used to be compelled into celibacy via political necessity. Doran's certain exam of different matches relies on broad archival learn throughout Europe. instead of targeting Elizabeth's character and photograph, she perspectives the query inside of 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 renowned propaganda within the kind of performs, poetry and work.
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Second, Feria was not convinced that Elizabeth could be won back to the Catholic faith, as she had already told him that she was a Protestant and wanted the Lutheran Augsburg Confession or something very like it to be maintained in the realm. Finally, he was doubtful about the likelihood of Elizabeth accepting the archduke’s proposal, since he had noticed as early as April 1559 that the queen ‘is in love with Lord Robert and is never separated from him’. 68 Notwithstanding Feria’s reservations, the Austrian suit carried on.
Taking advantage of the supposed pregnancy of Mary, he was able to argue that Elizabeth was no longer ‘of any great account’, and so ‘she might be married off to some poor German prince; for that would be the safest way to dispose of her’. His real concern, however, was to safeguard Elizabeth’s succession in case the queen died in child-birth, for the princess would have to be recognised as Mary’s heiress before a 18 EARLY SUITORS matrimonial alliance could be concluded. This time Charles V agreed with Paget; he was also by no means convinced that Mary would produce a healthy heir and he preferred Elizabeth as the future queen to the French claimant, Mary Queen of Scots, Henry II’s prospective daughter-in-law.
Although Elizabeth gave him no encouragement at all prior to 1561 and little thereafter, he was the most persistent of her early suitors from abroad and only ceased his attentions in 1562. The first advance was made soon after Elizabeth’s accession by Dionysius Beurreus, who had been acting as the resident Swedish ambassador at the English court since March 1558. Showing an ignorance of diplomatic protocol, Beurreus requested an answer to the proposal from Eric which had previously been presented in Mary’s reign, instead of obtaining from his king a new letter addressed to Elizabeth as queen.