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Why was it important to be a virgin queen, like Queen Elizabeth I, in Renaissance times?

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In some ways, it was important NOT to be a “virgin queen” during this time.  There were some who questioned whether a queen would have the ability to rule in her own right, without a man to help her.  In addition, by not having children, a virgin queen put the succession into question. This could lead to conflict between people who wanted to succeed her when she died.  These were issues that Queen Elizabeth I of England faced during her reign and which did or could have compromised the stability of her rule.

However, there were also some advantages to being a virgin queen.  One of these advantages was...

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