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:

Roger Ascham's The Scholemaster:

Roger Ascham's Toxophilus:

New Humanists episode on Ælfric's Colloquy:

C. P. Wormald's "The Uses of Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England and Its Neighbours":

C.S. Lewis' The Abolition of Man:

Herodotus' Histories:

Shakespeare's The Tempest:

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