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Soon, Mary announced that she was pregnant. However, the symptoms she had taken  for signs of pregnancy in fact were the indications of an ovarian disease. Mary wanted to  give the crown to her husband Philip, but Parliament refused. Thus as Mary was dying  Philip met with Elizabeth, trying to convince her to marry him so he would remain a ruler  of England. Of course, Elizabeth refused. Philip went home, but would return in 1557  with a proposal to marry Elizabeth to one of his Hapsburg cousins. On November 17, 1558, Mary I died. Nobility filled the road to Elizabeth's country home,  hoping to reach Elizabeth early and make a good impression on the new sovereign.  Now 25 years old, Elizabeth ascended the throne of England. Trying to consolidate her  power, Elizabeth did what she could to minimize the Catholic-Protestant conflict in the  country with passage of a religious settlement act in 1559 that, despite making 
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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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