the year is 1562. elizabeth has been suffering from smallpox and, in fact, she almost died. this made parliament very worried as she did not have an heir.
by 1566 parliament had started to discuss potential matches for elizabeth. elizabeth was furious! she banned parliament from even discussing the issue again.
a politician named peter wentworth ignored elizabeth's orders and argued that parliament should be able to discuss what they like. parliament had him arrested and placed in the tower of london before elizabeth blamed all of them.
elizabeth and parliament often clashed. she believed that marriage was a topic meant for her herself to decide on, no matter how important it was for the country.
this is a matter only i should consider, without your interference
so why didn't elizabeth get married? many historians argue over this. at the time some people thought she was not doing her duty to the country whilst others thought she was being very clever.