Mary’s education

Scholar, royal tutor and physician, Thomas Linacre, who dedicated his Rudimenta grammatices (1523), a treatise on Latin grammar, to Mary. Posthumous portrait (c.1535); Royal College of Physicians, London.

Timothy G. Elston, ‘Almost the Perfect Woman: Public and Private Expectations of Catherine of Aragon, 1501-1536’ (PhD., University of Nebraska, 2004), especially chapter 4.

  • ‘Transformation or continuity? Sixteenth-century education and the legacy of Catherine of Aragon, Mary I, and Juan Luis Vives’, in Carole Levin, Debra Barrett-Graves and Jo Eldridge Carney (eds.), “High and Mighty Queens” of Early Modern England: Realities and Representations (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003), pp. 11-26.

A.A. Travill, ‘Juan Luis Vives: A humanist medical educator’. Available online:

Katherine Lee Pierret Perkins, ‘The Education of Princess Mary Tudor’ (MA., Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, 2007). Available online:

Aysha Pollnitz, ‘Christian Women or Sovereign Queens? The Schooling of Mary and Elizabeth’, in Alice Hunt and Anna Whitelock (eds.), Tudor Queenship: The Reigns of Mary and Elizabeth (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010). 

Kathi Vosevich, ‘The education of a prince(ss): tutoring the Tudors’, in Mary Elizabeth Burke, Jane Donawerth, Linda L. Dove and Karen L. Nelson (eds.), Women, writing, and the reproduction of culture in Tudor and Stuart Britain (New York: Syracuse University Press, 2000), pp. 61-76.