Katherine Parr, Princess Elizabeth and the crucified Christ

Gibson, Jonathan (2004). Katherine Parr, Princess Elizabeth and the crucified Christ. In: Burke, Victoria E. and Gibson, Jonathan eds. Early Modern Women's Manuscript Writing: Selected Papers from the Trinity/Trent Colloquium. Aldershot: Ashgate, pp. 33–50.


This chapter links the devotional translations made by Elizabeth I when still a Princess to a pre-Reformation tradition of Christ-centred piety, to Katherine Parr's Lamentacion of a Sinner and to the influence on Parr of Lady Margaret Beaufort and the Catholic martyr John Fisher. I argue that Parr and Elizabeth 'protestantized' and 'feminized' the medieval tradition within which they were writing and that their modifications to it had an important influence on many later sixteenth-century and seventeenth-century English writers.

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