Virginity and maidenhood were bargaining tools for women at this time and perhaps the only real asset they could lay claim to; as a maiden, a woman had a greater ability to choose her destiny and rise in society. However, once virginity was lost outside of marriage, outside of .
Elizabethan. Elizabeth I’s love life: was she really a ‘Virgin Queen’? Contemporary beliefs about the ‘insatiable’ sexual appetites of women, together with Elizabeth’s failure to marry, fuelled suspicions that the queen was engaged in secret sexual liaisons. the questioning of .
Feminine Virtues in Elizabethan England Her virginity was of national interest and any suggestion that she was not chaste was an attack on not only her honor and her ability to rule but also on the nation. In Elizabeth's time, In The Defence of Good Women. Sexuality In Elizabethan And Jacobean Society Notes English Notes > Shakespeare Notes This is an extract of our Sexuality In Elizabethan And Jacobean Society document, which we sell as part of our Shakespeare Notes collection written by the top tier of Oxford University students.