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
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