continued to have her people keep an eye on Elizabeth. But as Edward 's health continued to deteriorate and death was imminent, Dudley sent a message to Hatfield, ordering Elizabeth to Greenwich Palace. . Jane Grey and her husband Guildford were imprisoned in the Tower. Her hand in marriage was an important tool in foreign relations. By the late winter of 1602/3 Elizabeth was feeling unwell. While she did not wield the absolute power of which Renaissance rulers dreamed, she tenaciously upheld her authority to make critical decisions and to set the central policies of both state and church.
She always kept gifts of flowers, letters, food, and poems in her litter until the journey ended. . It was the eve of the annunciation of the Virgin Mary, perhaps an apt day for the Virgin Queen to die. For the most part the queen resisted these pressures. Elizabeth was under great pressure to become more involved in the continental struggle between Roman Catholics and Protestants, in particular to aid the rebels fighting the Spanish armies in the Netherlands. The Golden Age, a time that saw the birth. She suffered from bouts of melancholy and ill health and showed signs of increasing debility. She enjoyed flattery, for it put her above everyone else in the court. More radical members of Parliament wanted to include in debate broad areas of public policy; the queens spokesmen struggled to restrict free discussion to government bills. She brought both Elizabeth and her half-sister Mary back to court. Of course, this was untrue since Dudley needed Edward to live as long as possible for his plan to work. .
Catholic threat to Queen Elizabeth