The Queen's Suitors: The Short List
Archduke Charles von Hapsburg
The Emperor's second son. Negotiations on and off from 1564-67. Supported by Cecil, undermined by Leicester who still has aspirations. Represented at court by his Chamberlain, VonBreumer.
Francis de Valois, Duc d'Alençon et d'Anjou
- The younger brother to the king of France. Negotiations
throughout the late '70s. His mother is Catherine di Medici.
Fairly serious. Supported by Burghley, opposed by Walsingham and
Hatton. Representation: Baron Jean de Simier.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester
- A widower after 1563, but perpetually under a cloud
because of the manner of his wife Amy's death.
With Cecil, HRM's best friend--except when he's being a jerk.
Out of contention after '78 when he is married to Lettyce Knollys.
- King Eric of Sweden
- Not considered a good bet, although he sends lots of
presents. Representation: his brother Duke John of Finland
and sister Princess Cecilia with her husband the Margrave von
Baden Baden. (Gossip: Cecilia was known to be "flirting heavily"
with the earl of Arundel.)
- King Philip of Spain
- Actually imagines he has a chance, since he used to be
married to her sister. The queen let him think so briefly at
the beginning of the reign, then the matter was dropped.
- Emanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy
- Originally proposed by Philip of Spain when Elizabeth was
still the Princess. Savoy has almost nothing to recommend him
except a title and a swagger. Most of his duchy has been taken
by the French, and he's broke.
English Hopefuls (beside Leicester) include at various times:
- Sir Christopher Hatton
- Sir William Pickering
- Henry FitzAlan, earl of Arundel
- Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk
- Sir Thomas Heneage
26 March 2000 pkm