This Week I Read That…..

……In an old woolenmill freshly washed cloth was placed on a tenter frame and held in place by ‘tenter hooks’ to be stretched and dried in the sun. This is where we get the expression ‘on tenter hooks’ – meaning in a state of tension or suspense.  

And ….

……..after seeing Hilary Clinton’s defeat some opinions haven’t changed in centuries.  On hearing of the news of the death of Queen Mary I in 1558 the people of England were of mixed emotions.  Tired of bloodshed, bad harvests, disease and the constant threat of war many welcomed the proclamation that Lady Elizabeth will be their new queen but deeply imbedded in their culture and religion was the belief that to have a woman as their monarch was unnatural and against the law of God and nature.  

Indeed the Scottish Protestant John Knox had just that year 1558 published his work entitled ‘The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women’.  Quite a title !   He certainly didn’t engratiate himself  to Elizabeth I as he spoke ‘to promote a Woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any Realm is repugnant to Nature; contrary to God, a thing most contrarious to his revealed will and approved ordinance, and finally, it is the subversion of all good Order , of all equality and justice.’   

Well Elizabeth  fixed him.  

He was barred from retuning from Geneva to England.  Instead he returned to Scotland in 1559 forever pushing his anti-women beliefs and becoming known for his opposition of Catholic and French influence in Scotland and his role in the Scottish Reformation.   

His belief that women should be subservient to men was a commonly accepted one and something that Elizabeth I battled with all her life.  

Stay Posted …… love L 

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