After, Elizabeth almost died of smallpox in 1562, Parliament became increasingly concerned about the lack of an heir.
By 1566, Parliament began openly discussing potential matches. Elizabeth was furious with what she considered un unacceptable intrusion.
One politician, Peter Wentworth, ignored Elizabeth's orders and argued that Parliament should be able to discuss what it wanted to. The rest of Parliament had him arrested and placed in the Tower of London before Elizabeth blamed them for his opinions. It was clear that Elizabeth considered it a decision she should make alone.
Despite the best efforts of Parliament and the Privy Council, Elizabeth never married. Historians have argued over why this is. At the time, some people felt that she was not doing her duty to her country while others felt that her decision was very clever indeed.
I have already joined myself in marriage to a husband, namely the Kingdom of England.
Elizabeth died in 1603, with no heir.The Protestant King of Scotland, James VI, became King of England. He was the son of her cousin Mary.