I'm looking for more information on Elizabeth I's decision not to marry, I am in 10th grade taking AP European history and I am writing a paper on this subject, I would like to organize my paper by personal, political, and religious reasons why she did not marry. I am having trouble finding specific sources about this particular subject because there is such a vast amount of information out there about Elizabeth and this topic is pretty narrow. Thankyou so much in advance! Your help will be much appreciated.
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Though it takes a different view point on the subject, this would probably be very detailed and extensive: http://www.amazon.com/Monarchy-Matrimony-Courtships-Elizabeth-I/dp/0415119693
However, it is very expensive for a high schooler. I would see if any libraries near you have it available. Or see if you can get a student discount anywhere. If not, maybe try:
Again, I haven't read it but it sounds like it focuses on the subject of Elizabeth and her cousin Mary's very different approaches to marriage. It gets ify reviews on Amazon but very positive ratings on Goodreads so I would not dismiss it based on the Amazon reviews. It also sounds like this one takes a more traditional stance on Elizabeth and marriage.
Leslie Carroll has a good assessment on Elizabeth's relationships, suitors and her choice to not marry in "Royal Affairs" but it is only one chapter and therefore may not go into enough detail.
Hope that helps and good luck on your paper!
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