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Encyclopedia > The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women

Monstrous regiment, or monstrous regiment of women are phrases which have become notorious; they are borrowed from the title of a work by the Scot John Knox, published in 1558, The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. Motto: (Latin for No one provokes me with impunity)1 Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow Official language(s) English, Gaelic, Scots 2 Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen of the UK Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blair MP  - First Minister Jack McConnell MSP Unification... John Knox (1514?–1572) was a Scottish religious reformer who took the lead in reforming the Church in Scotland along Calvinist lines. ... Events January 7 - French troops led by Francis, Duke of Guise take Calais, the last continental possession of England July 13 - Battle of Gravelines: In France, Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeat the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes at Gravelines. ...


The word regiment is used here in what is now a largely archaic sense, meaning government or regime; the contemporary evocation of a fearsome military sisterhood makes the title even more colorful now than originally. This was taken advantage of by the novelist Terry Pratchett, whose novel Monstrous Regiment features both women and military matters rather prominently. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


The book was written anonymously from Geneva, Switzerland, against the female sovereigns of his day, particularly Mary I of Scotland and Mary I of England. Knox, a staunch Protestant Reformer, opposed the Roman Catholic queens on religious grounds, and using them as mere examples, went on to argue the following about women, with regard to the specific role of bearing authority (but not about women in all roles or respects): Geneva (pronunciation //; French: Genève //, German: //, Italian: Ginevra) is the second most populous city in Switzerland (after Zürich), and is the most populous city of Romandy (the French-speaking part of Switzerland). ... Look up monarch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Mary, Queen of Scots redirects here. ... Mary Tudor is the name of both Mary I of England and her fathers sister, Mary Tudor (queen consort of France). ... The Protestant Reformers are those theologians, churchmen, and statesmen whose careers, works, and actions brought about the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. ... As a Christian ecclesiastical term, Catholic - from the Greek adjective , meaning general or universal[2] - is described in the Oxford Dictionary as follows: ~Church, (originally) whole body of Christians; ~, belonging to or in accord with (a) this, (b) the church before separation into Greek or Eastern and Latin or Western...

"For who can denie but it is repugneth to nature, that the blind shall be appointed to leade and conduct such as do see? That the weake, the sicke and impotent persons shall norishe and kepe the hole and strong? And finallie, that the foolishe, madde and phrenetike shal governe the discrete and give counsel to such as be sober of mind. And such be al women, compared unto man in bearing of authoritie. For their sight in civile regiment is but blindness; their strength, weaknes; their counsel, foolishnes; and judgment, phrensie, if it be rightlie considered."

His diatribe against female rulers backfired on him when Elizabeth I of England succeeded her half-sister Mary on the throne of England: Elizabeth was a supporter of the Protestant cause, but took offense at Knox's words about female sovereigns. Her opposition to him personally became an obstacle to Knox's direct involvement with the Protestant cause in England after 1559. Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603) was Queen of England, Queen of France (in name only), and Queen of Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq mi  Population    - 2005 est. ... Events January 15 - Elizabeth I of England is crowned in Westminster Abbey. ...


See also

A Monstrous Regiment of Women is the second book in the Mary Russell series of mystery novels by Laurie R. King. ... Sherlock Holmes as imagined by the seminal Holmesian artist, Sidney Paget, in The Strand magazine. ... Laurie R. King is an American author best known for her detective fiction. ...

External links

  • The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by John Knox
  • eTexts of The First Blast, at Project Gutenberg

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