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Unformatted text preview: Elizabeth never married. This was certainly unexpected: she easily could have had her choice of husbands, and the Privy Council and her closest advisors constantly begged her to marry. As a result of her aversion to matrimony, she began to be called the "Virgin Queen." However, although it is clear that she never married, her status as a lifelong virgin is under considerable doubt. Sex was far from a polite discussion topic at the time and her affairs were not recorded in the same explicit detail as they might be today. Yet there is strong evidence that she likely had several affairs. Elizabeth certainly had the opportunity: she was constantly surrounded by men and was in a position of power over them. The Queen's relations with men were often couched in romantic terms. She maintained likely romantic friendships with Sir Christopher Hatton, Lord Chancellor from 1587 to...
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- Fall '07