An Education: The shaping of Elizabeth I, through childhood events and academic pursuit

Today’s post is a wonderful guest article about Elizabeth I’s education and early influences, written by Ashlie Jensen from Being Bess.

If you have not yet visited Ashlie’s website, then I urge you to pop over and take a look as she often publishes very interesting articles.

Happy reading and I look forward to hearing your responses.

An Education:

The shaping of Elizabeth I, through childhood events and academic pursuit

By Ashlie Jensen from

Elizabeth I attributed to Nicholas Hilliard c. 1572

Elizabeth I of England is remembered for many reasons, both political and personal. One of the queen’s qualities which was remarked upon as frequently in her own life time as it is today, was her intelligence. Wit and wisdom were important qualities for the early modern educated man and woman to possess, but Elizabeth’s intellect surpassed some of the most brilliant minds of her age.

So how did the young Elizabeth come to be the queen who would one day take the Polish ambassador by surprise by suddenly reprimanding him in fluent Latin? How did she become the woman who was as at ease composing original works on the virginals as she was addressing her privy councilors on matters of state? What was her education, and who were her intellectual influences, and how did she apply her knowledge to her role as queen? And certainly the personal childhood traumas she experienced had to shape the woman she would become, by either consuming her or making her stronger.

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