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Marriage is a complicated thing that is effected by many things People let things stand in the way of marrying the person they love Circumstances sometimes determine whether marriage is appropriate or even possible The same is true with Queen Elizabeth She did was she thought was best for herself and her country Queen Elizabeth I was tempted by many things but refused to marry for the good of her country Elizabeth never really wanted to marry which stemmed from her fathers many marriages Hanff 12 She viewed love and marriage as bad because it led to the ax as it did with her mother Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard Hanff 17 Elizabeth did not want to be ruled by her husband therefore she remained unattainable Weir 52 She thought that if she stayed in control of her relationship she would also stay in control of her country Weir 52 A woman rejecting marriage was seen as being against the laws of nature but Elizabeth was only concerned with the rule and dominance she had as the headship of England Weir 45 It has been argued that the reason for her singleness was rooted in religious conservatism but by more extensive evidence it is more clearly shown that she was only concerned with the good of the country Warnicke Wives were expected to be submissive and obedient to the husband which did not appeal to the Queen Weir 46 Elizabeth did not want to lose her newly gained freedom which she had never had before Her childhood years were dominated with rule from her father and stepmothers Weir 45 Queen Elizabeth I was offered many gifts The suitors found that they would be in her favor if she received presents from them It was said that she received such things as a gold purse garnished with jewels a round clock set with diamonds hanging from the pendulum and a ruby diamond bracelet with a clock
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