One was the procreation of children, to be brought up in the feare and nurtoure of the Lorde, and praise of God. This mistery is great, but I speake of Christe and of the congregacion.Secondly, it was ordeined for a remedy agaynste sinne and to avoide fornication, that suche persones as have not the gifte of continencie might mary, and kepe themselves undefiled membres of Christes body. Neverthelesse, let every one of you so love his owne wyfe, even as hym selfe.
From the start of her reign in 1558, Elizabeth I was pressurised into marriage so that there would be an heir to the throne.
Even though Elizabeth was Queen, members of the Privy Council still felt that it was their right and duty to persuade Elizabeth that marriage was for the best of the nation.
Elizabeth was raised much like any other royal child.
She received tutoring and excelled at languages and music.
Anne Boleyn was beheaded on the orders of her husband, based on questionable charges of adultery and conspiracy.
Before long, Elizabeth and her older half-sister Mary were declared to be illegitimate as her father sought to pave the way for a male heir. Their half-brother Edward was born in 1537 by Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour.
If Scotland, aided by France had attacked England, Spain would attack France at her weaker southwestern border.
This was the insurance that the Privy Council believed England would have if a marriage between Elizabeth and Philip occurred.
Queen Elizabeth I was born on the September 7, 1533 in Greenwich England.