In 1565 the matrimonial prospects of Elizabeth and of Mary Queen of Scots remained Cecil’s principal preoccupation. Such prospects covered the issues of foreign policy and the question of religious settlement in England and Scotland. Both Queens complicated the problem of their courtships by finding new suitors. Mary found Lord Henry Darnley more attractive than Leicester. Elizabeth responded to French proposals on behalf of the boy King Charles IX as well as to the advances of Charles of Austria.
KeywordsForeign Policy European Politics Partisan Commitment Regency Government French Proposal
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