Friday, 24 June 2005 - 23:41 BSTName: Drew
Thank you for your kind comment. It is always a shock when a person hitherto unknown to you comments on your blog. In your case it was a pleasant surprise. I paid a visit to yours and it is a beauty, it confirms that I still have a lot to learn.
I am ashamed to say that I didn't know most of all this stuff about one of our most colourful monarchs. They say Catherine Howard came from around here (Kendal)and her family lived in our castle, not sure if I subscribe to that personally, although we do have a Howard Street and a Parr Street. Anyway, never mind Henry, you certainly seem to have an interesting family background.
Cheers ! Drew.
Saturday, 25 June 2005 - 00:18 BSTName: Tessa
Hello Drew and thanks for your comments, too!
Actually, I must confess that I didn't know that Catherine of Aragon and Henry had a baby son who died. You learn a lot just looking for information on the Internet.
Saturday, 25 June 2005 - 18:06 BSTName: doubledog
Being able to speak in French, Latin, and Spanish is quite an accomplishment. Nowadays we find it nearly impossible to teach the average child to read and write his own language. The school where I volunteer has never had one child pass the Virginia standards of learning tests. Not. One. Child!!!!
Sunday, 26 June 2005 - 00:26 BSTName: Tessa
His daughter, Elizabeth I, was able to speak six other languages, including Latin and Greek. [see Queen Elizabeth I]
When Elizabeth was four, Katherine Champernowne became her governess. The well-educated Champernowne -- known as Kat Ashley after her marriage in 1545 -- began teaching Elizabeth astronomy, geography, history, math, French, Flemish, Italian, Spanish, and other subjects. Elizabeth was an excellent student. Her tutor Roger Ascham later wrote, "She talks French and Italian as well as she does English. When she writes Greek and Latin, nothing is more beautiful than her handwriting."