Lead: When Elizabeth Tudor came to the throne of England in 1558, she had been abused and shoved around by men for most of her 25 years. For the first time, her life was truly in her own hands.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After she became Queen, Elizabeth wielded her sexuality and the prospect of the royal marriage as a weapon for political and dynastic purposes. She did not hesitate to dangle her hand before eligible European royalty as well as home-grown aristocrats. The purpose, of course, was to secure safety for the kingdom against threats from the outside and flexibility for herself in governing England.

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