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Women Latin PoetsLanguage, Gender, and Authority from Antiquity to the Eighteenth Century$
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Jane Stevenson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198185024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198185024.001.0001

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Women Latinists in Sixteenth-Century England

Women Latinists in Sixteenth-Century England

(p.255) 10 Women Latinists in Sixteenth-Century England
Women Latin Poets

Jane Stevenson (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on English pride in learned women by 1550: learned women at the early Tudor court. It discusses Erasmus and the household of Sir Thomas More; the development of companionate marriage in both Catholic and Protestant families; and the Seymour sisters and the political implications of humanist education for girls. It also considers the learning and culture of Elizabeth I, and of women associated with her court, in particularly the four Cooke sisters, who included Mildred Cecil, Lady Burghley. Elizabeth's desire to impress foreign humanists is examined. Sixteenth-century Protestant women humanists outside the court, notably Anne Lok, women recusants, women and Latin culture in Ireland and Scotland are presented.

Keywords:   learned women, national pride, Tudor court humanism, Erasmus, Sir Thomas More, Seymour sisters, Cooke sisters, Elizabeth I, recusants, Latin culture

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