Despite his capacity for monstrous cruelty, Henry VIII treated all his children with what contemporaries regarded as affection; Elizabeth was present at ceremonial occasions and was declared third in line to the throne. Elizabeth's councillors pressured her towards marriage as the natural course, essential to ensure an undisputed succession. Within months, Catherine died in childbirth on 5th September , and Thomas was now free to marry the year-old princess. Neither party was keen on the idea and the union never happened, but the fact Elizabeth seriously considered it indicates the strange paradox of her relationship with the man she undoubtedly loved, but could not bring herself to marry. Festive brainteaser challenges puzzlers to spot the dog among the polar bears - but can YOU In poetry, the line quoted on the main page "Qeen and huntress, chaste and fair" is from a poem by Ben Jonson included in his Court masque, Cynthia's Revels -- in which, again, the Queen is figured as the goddess of the moon. Literary tributes In drama, several plays were written specifically to glorify the Queen: Lyly's Endymion personifies Elizabeth as Cynthia, chaste and unattainable goddess of the moon; Peele's The Arraignment of Paris dramatizes the choice Paris had to make between the goddesses of power, fame and love, but in this version he turns instead to the Queen sitting in the audience and gives the golden apple to her.
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Bing Site Web Enter search term: Search. Try our range of BBC bestselling history magazines today! Philip soon returned to Spain, and Mary never saw him again. The very sight of other women with their husbands and children sometimes drove her into frenzies of jealousy and rage. Share or comment on this article: Elizabeth I: Virgin Queen? Some instinct of common sense kept Elizabeth resolutely single.