Christian Women or Sovereign Queens? The Schooling of Mary and Elizabeth

  • Aysha Pollnitz
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Biographical writing often has a neo-Freudian tendency, particularly when it deals with a subject’s childhood and education. Mary and Elizabeth I have proved especially fertile grounds for biography and their early experiences have been mined for evidence of the queens they would become. Elizabeth is typically described as having been cultivated for rule while Mary, despite her early exposure to “Christian humanism,” apparently learned to do little more than hand England over to Philip, evil prelates, and/or Rome.1


Classical History Princely Status Henry VIII Christian Woman Opus Omnia 
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