Something I’ve learned: Don’t do your research just online if you can help it. Most sources on the internet are condensed or only scratch the surface/are very specifically focused. You want to know how middle class women lived in the Victorian age? You want to know about Third Genders in other countries? You want to know about Catherine Parr? You need to go to the library.
If you’re lucky and have a cooperative thing between libraries or a University library at your disposal, then you’ve probably got all the information you need and more at your fingertips. Books are chock full of information, far more than any internet article.
I just found this series of books about the wives of Henry VIII, and I have to say I ADORE the covers.
Henry gets progressively older in each one, which is fantastic since most show him as old fat Henry all the time.
The wives all look quite decently accurate too, and are based on portraits done of them. I like that they each have their successors lurking in the background of their covers, like a reminder that they’re not going to be Queen for very long.
I wish more books would do illustrations like this nowadays, instead of using portraits or stock photos.
This is Princess Elizabeth I's only surviving letter to King Henry VIII
"Matchless and most kind father." ~ Young Elizabeth I’s address to King Henry VIII.
The studious and pious twelve year old Princess Elizabeth I of England dearly loved her father King Henry VIII. The most concrete proof of this was a trilingual epistle she wrote for her father as a New Years present in 1545. The book demonstrated how she was one of the best educated women for her generation.
Inside are Elizabeth I’s perfectly handwritten words: not an error, not even a single mistranslation.
(Scanned photos from Elizabeth I: Her Life in Letters By Elizabeth I (Queen of England))
The book also has her stepmother Katherine Parr’s Prayers and Meditation which she translated into French, Latin and Italian. Katherine Parr was the queen consort of England and was the one who educated and influenced Elizabeth I, showed her how a woman is capable of excellent independent thinking and ruling.
oKAY SO THIS GIRL IS SO AMAZING LET US JUST TAKE A MOMENT
She was married 2 times before Henry VIII snatched her up, making her the most married English Queen. Her first marriage was at 17.
She was appointed Regent from July to September 1544 which basically meant she ruled England while Henry was away in France
While she was Regent, she signed five proclamations, oversaw finances and kept in constant contact with her northern marshes lieutenant over the unstable situation in Scotland
SHE WAS THE FIRST WOMAN TO HAVE A BOOK PUBLISHED UNDER HER OWN NAME IN ENGLISH (OH MY GOD WHAT????)
She was a reformer, and had a great influence on how her step-daughter, the then Lady Elizabeth, was educated
She had a huge part in reconciling Mary & Elizabeth with Henry
Henry tried to have her arrested (wow what a shocker) based on her religious views and she managed to convince him that she was only stating these views to distract him from the pain in his leg (grade a manipulation there)
She outlived Henry (she basically won right there), went on to marry the guy she really loved in secret all the while living on a 7000 pound yearly allowance granted to her by Henry before he died
She also invited Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey to be educated at her house, and her house soon became known as a place where girls were educated
tl;dr Catherine Parr was an amazing woman that is so overlooked it hurts me