Historian Neale argued that the Queen, conscious of the dangerous international
situation…simply wanted parliamentary confirmation for her royal supremacy
while delaying any significant changes in religious practice until later in the
reign. By 1559, the improved international situation brought by peace with
France meant she decided to let parliament reassemble. In face of pressure from
protestant clergymen, as well as the so-called ‘Puritan Choir’ in the Commons,
the Queen backed down and accepted a more protestant prayer book than what she
Did Queen Elizabeth compromise her personal religion?