New Humanists
New Humanists
Jul 1, 2023
How to Educate the Queen | Episode L
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How do you prepare a royal princess for the throne? In this episode, we look at the writings of two giants of Reformation humanism: Johannes Sturm and Roger Ascham, and in particular, their correspondence about Ascham's work training the future Queen Elizabeth I in Latin and Greek. Ascham himself variously tutored and served as Latin secretary to Lady Jane Grey, the woman who ordered her execution (Queen Mary), and the woman who replaced Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth). If you think speaking dead languages is a new-fangled approach to language learning, you might be surprised at what Princess Elizabeth was doing in class.


Richard M. Gamble’s The Great Tradition: https://amzn.to/3Q4lRnO


Roger Ascham's The Scholemaster: https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/1844


Roger Ascham's Toxophilus: https://www.archerylibrary.com/books/toxophilus/


New Humanists episode on Ælfric's Colloquy: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-first-english-conversation-feat-dr-colin-gorrie/id1570296135?i=1000581249310


C. P. Wormald's "The Uses of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England and Its Neighbours": https://www.jstor.org/stable/3679189


C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780060652944


Herodotus' Histories: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9781400031146


Shakespeare's The Tempest: https://bookshop.org/a/25626/9780743482837


New Humanists is brought to you by the Ancient Language Institute: https://ancientlanguage.com/


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Music: Save Us Now by Shane Ivers - https://www.silvermansound.com

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