By Susan Doran
Monarchy and Matrimony is the 1st finished learn of Elizabeth I's courtships. Susan Doran argues that the cult of the `Virgin Queen' was once invented by means of her ministers, and that Elizabeth was once pressured into celibacy via political necessity. Doran's particular exam of different matches is predicated on vast archival learn throughout Europe. instead of targeting Elizabeth's character and picture, she perspectives the query inside a much wider political and spiritual context. She exhibits how the query of Elizabeth's marriage used to be divisive for England, affecting either political existence and diplomacy, and inspiring well known propaganda within the type of performs, poetry and work.
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In this way it will be evident and manifest that I am serving the Lord in marrying her and that she has been converted by my act. Second, Philip wanted agreement that once wed he would not have to live in England. 46 Yet, even with these safeguards, Philip felt uneasy about the prospect of marriage to Elizabeth; in a secret letter written on 10 January 1559, the same day on which he announced his decision to Feria, Philip described himself as ‘a condemned man, awaiting his fate’, and a little later he declared: ‘If it was not to serve God, believe me, I should not have got into this….
Exploiting an acquaintance with Katherine Ashley, chief gentlewoman of the Bedchamber, he made contact with her in order to dig out information about Elizabeth’s intentions towards both Eric and Robert Dudley. From talks with Katherine and more particularly her husband, Dymock concluded that the queen was ‘wellminded’ towards the Swedish king. Consequently, when he went back to Sweden in early 1562 to sell the king some jewels and was asked for news of Elizabeth, he spoke encouragingly of the marriage and urged Eric to send the queen still more valuable presents as tokens of his love, including some of the jewels which Dymock was trying to sell.
81 By the time of Helfenstein’s arrival at court Elizabeth had once again cooled towards the match and throughout the winter she refused to negotiate any terms before seeing the archduke or to agree in principle to marry him. For their part the Austrians refused to let Charles come to England before the religious difficulties were resolved and an assurance had been given that the marriage would take place if he pleased her. Not surprisingly, de Quadra grew increasingly frustrated with both the queen and the Austrians, whose diplomacy he considered inept, and he began to urge a more forceful approach to break through the deadlock.