Katherine Parr and Her Circle

Janel Mueller

in The Oxford Handbook of Tudor Literature

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199205882
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

 Katherine Parr and Her Circle

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This article explores the character of the ‘pious studies’ Katherine promoted: both through her own work, as translator and author; and through sponsoring translations by members of her household. It traces Katherine's movement from a traditional spirituality — associated with the girlish verses addressed to her uncle William Parr that she inscribed in her father's Latin primer — through a transitional phase to her self-signalled positioning as a reformer. In its devotional orientation, Katherine's work shows affinities to the spiritual and intellectual outlook of John Fisher, whose blend of scripturalism, Scholasticism, and humanism found expression in a theology — balanced between reform and traditionalism — centred on Christ's passion, repentance, and the dynamics of salvation.

Keywords: pious studies; spirituality; devotion; John Fisher; theology; scripturalism; Scholasticism; humanism; Christ

Article.  8085 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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