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Elizabeth I’s 1545 letter to her father

In today's Claire Chats video, I share with you a letter that the twelve year-old Elizabeth, future Elizabeth I, wrote to her father Henry VIII in December 1545 to preface her trilingual (Latin, French and Italian) translation of Queen Catherine Parr's Prayers and meditations

You can see a slideshow of images of Elizabeth's letter and the accompanying manuscript on the British Library website at

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  1. N

    Elizabeth, my heroine, was just unbelievably brilliant. This was written by a 12 year old????? WOW!!

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Elizabeth I’s 1545 letter to her father