Parliament - Parliament's desire for Elizabeth's marriage...

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Unformatted text preview: Parliament's desire for Elizabeth's marriage was originally motivated by the members' hopes for international alliance; by 1566, however, they simply wanted an heir, and issued a statement in that year encouraging Elizabeth to marry anyone she wanted, so long as she did it soon. Elizabeth continued to confound them, however, pretending to be looking for a husband but somehow always finding a way to break off marriage negotiations at the last second. In 1579, Leicester secretly married Lettice Knollys, Elizabeth's cousin. Yet rather than becoming upset and shunning Leicester, Elizabeth continued to love him. At the same time, Elizabeth was in the middle of doomed marriage negotiations with the Duke de Alencon, the French King's brother. In 1588, when Leicester passed away, Elizabeth was so depressed that she locked herself in her room; Lord Burleigh (William Cecil)...
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This note was uploaded on 12/14/2011 for the course HIST 2320 taught by Professor Siegenthaler during the Fall '07 term at Texas State.

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