Why Did Elizabeth Pursue a Comprisimise Religious Settlement in 1559?

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Why did Elizabeth pursue a compromise religious settlement in 1559?

In 1559 when Elizabeth became queen, she had the large trouble of trying to decide what religion England should become. Previously, the religion in England had changed with every new person to the throne which each time created problems with the people living in England at the time. Famously, her father Henry 8th changed the Church of England from Catholic because he wanted a divorce from Anne Boleyn and from then on the religion was constantly changing.
So as soon as Elizabeth took the throne she knew she had a big decision to make and whatever decision she made she had to strongly weigh up the advantages and disadvantages and most importantly, think how the public will react.

I think the most important reason for Elizabeth pursuing a compromise religious settlement was to avoid rebellion and develop good relations with powers abroad. An ally in 1559 was Spain due to late Mary being married to Philip of Spain which she wanted to stay allies with. Another possible overseas problem was trying to keep peace with France (Catholic) and to keep the French Government's relations with Scotland minimal. This made Elizabeth’s decision on what to do next very difficult as she needed to keep all overseas relations happy. If not, then Spain may have started war or invaded England which would be the complete opposite of what Elizabeth wanted as it would have made the public very unhappy. Therefore, Elizabeth could not go radically Protestant as that would anger Spain. This made it a main reason for pursing a compromise religious settlement because Elizabeth was very fearful that her overseas relations may turn for the worse and end in war. Not only would this upset the public but it would also make Elizabeth look like a poor ruler who cannot make the correct decisions; this is an opinion Elizabeth would…...

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