Queen First, Woman Second, Wife Never Essay by girlwithbrowneyes

Queen First, Woman Second, Wife Never
An overview of the life and leadership of 16th-century English monarch, Queen Elizabeth I.
# 45835 | 1,918 words | 5 sources | MLA | 1999 | US
Published on Nov 22, 2003 in History (British) , Women Studies (Historical Figures) , History (General)

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Queen Elizabeth came to the British throne in 1558. Throughout her life, she was asked to marry so that England would have a male heir, but she refused to meet the demands of Parliament by staying the "Virgin Queen" until her death. This paper traces the life of Elizabeth I from her birth in 1533 as the first child of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It explores reasons why Elizabeth did not fulfill the wishes of her people by marrying, creating instead a powerful image of female authority and national pride.

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"Elizabeth's unmarried state was unheard of with any ruler of that era, especially for a queen. The duty of any monarch was to provide heirs to the throne. The ruling dynasty must be preserved so that the country would be at peace and prosper. Marriage was necessary at any level for women - especially a queen of such a large kingdom like England. It was believed that without a man by her side, a woman would not be able to function, much less run a country. Women could not govern themselves, how could they rule without a man? In 1563, ?she told an imperial envoy, that "if I am to disclose to you what I should prefer if I follow the inclinations of my nature, it is this: beggar woman and single, for rather than queen and married"? (Haigh, pg. 13)."

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