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1 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Elizabeth I and Marriage For more detailed instructions, see the Getting Started presentation. This icon indicates the slide contains activities created in Flash. These activities are not editable.

2 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 As soon as Elizabeth came to the throne in 1558, people expected her to get married, and started to wonder about who her husband would be. Who will Elizabeth marry? What reasons are there for Elizabeth to marry? Marriage was seen as essential for a wealthy and powerful woman, especially a queen. Marriage would not be for romantic reasons, but for other reasons...

3 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Reasons for marriage

4 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 The pros and cons of marriage From Elizabeths point of view, there were both advantages and disadvantages to getting married. AdvantagesDisadvantages Produce an heir to continue the Protestant religion and avoid fighting after she dies. Parliament would stop pressuring her. Could create a powerful alliance to increase Englands strength. Marrying a foreigner might lead to meddling in English affairs. Marrying an Englishman would lead to jealously and in- fighting. A husband might try to take over and rule.

5 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Over the course of her reign, Elizabeth considered marriage proposals from over 20 men! On the next five slides, you will see information about some of the more serious possibilities. Imagine you are a member of the Privy Council (the group that advised Elizabeth). Elizabeths suitors What would you advise Elizabeth to do?

6 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Elizabeths suitors Philip of Spain Duke of Alençon Robert Dudley Eric of Sweden William of Orange Click on a picture to find out more…

7 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 What did you advise Elizabeth to do? What did Elizabeth decide to do? In fact, Elizabeth never married, although she continued to consider her different suitors until she was in her 50s! Instead, she said she was married to her country, telling parliament: I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the kingdom of England.

8 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Name Title: Are you: Protestant Catholic Are you: English Other If you chose Other, write it here: Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy How did you make your money? Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only) Philip King of Spain Spanish Spain is a very rich and powerful country; I own lots of land around the world. Ruled England when married to Elizabeths sister, Mary I – English people did not like this. Very anti-Protestant. back

9 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Name Title: Are you: Protestant Catholic Are you: English Other If you chose Other, write it here: Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy How did you make your money? Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only) Francis Duke of Alençon French I am the brother of the French king, and so own lots of land. Younger than Elizabeth. Not as strong a Catholic as Philip. Could create a powerful union against Spain. back

10 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Name Title: Are you: Protestant Catholic Are you: English Other If you chose Other, write it here: Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy How did you make your money? Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only) Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester - The queen is my mistress, and my childhood friend; she has given me land and a title. The queens favourite. His wife, Amy Robsart, died in suspicious circumstances. back

11 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Name Title: Are you: Protestant Catholic Are you: English Other If you chose Other, write it here: Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy How did you make your money? Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only) Eric King of Sweden Swedish Despite being a king, I do not have much money. Popular with the people, but not a strong alliance. back

12 © Boardworks Ltd of 12 Name Title: Are you: Protestant Catholic Are you: English Other If you chose Other, write it here: Are you: Poor Rich Fabulously wealthy How did you make your money? Notes (for Ye Olde Elizabethan Dating Agency staff only) William Prince of Orange Dutch I am the son of the queen of Holland and own lots of the country. Strong Protestant; fighting a war with Spain; could be a powerful ally? back


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