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Key issue 4: how successfully did Elizabeth deal with the issue of succession



Attitudes towards marriage:-

Elizabeth - Felt her power would be compromised
Cecil and P.C - male heir was needed
Parliament ­ need to have an heir to guarantee succession

Why would Elizabeth not want to marry?
Able…

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Key issue 4: how successfully did Elizabeth deal with the issue of succession




Eric of Sweden (1556-1560)
Advantages
Protestant country
Religious settlement stays in tact
Disadvantages
Little financial benefits
Doesn't help with foreign affairs

Arch duke Charles of Austria (1568)
Advantages
Powerful nation
Pressure France and Spain
Disadvantages
Fear power…

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Key issue 4: how successfully did Elizabeth deal with the issue of succession



Judgments on success
Mary knows that she is eligible and uses that to her advantage
Parliament unsuccessful for pushing for succession but secure MQS execution
Not naming a successor allows her to secure throne


P.C's reaction Parliament's…

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Key issue 4: how successfully did Elizabeth deal with the issue of succession




Judgment
MQS had considerable personality and skill therefore her freedom was limited
Elizabeth only succeeds by accident and not by political skill
Elizabeth was constantly aware of threats but often chose to do nothing
P.C often feared…

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Key issue 4: how successfully did Elizabeth deal with the issue of succession



She is married to a nation and has high amounts of power
Masculine features broad shoulders
Youthful and immortal

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