First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.

by John Knox


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In 16th century Europe, three Catholic queens ruled Scotland and the British Empire. John Knox, the great Scottish Reformer, saw these Catholic women as despotic oppressors particularly hostile to Protestants of all kinds. In 1558, Knox anonymously published a polemical treatise against not only the female sovereigns and their policies, but also against female rule over men generally. He used the three Catholic queens, first, as examples of women’s fundamental incompetency, and second, as evidence that God would never call women to leadership roles over men, especially in the church. Ironically, Knox’s diatribe against female rulers did not serve him well when Elizabeth I, a Protestant, ascended to the throne.

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Born: 1514, Haddington, Scotland
Died: November 24, 1572, Edinburgh, Scotland
Related topics: Burns, Robert,--1759-1796, Church history, History, Hugo, Victor,--1802-1885, Knox, John,--ca. 1514-1572
Basic information: John Knox (c. 1514 – 24 November 1572) was a Scottish clergyman and a leader of the Protestant Reformation who brought reformation to the church in Scotland. He was educated at the University of St Andrews or possibly the University of Glasgow and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1536. Influenced by early church reformers such as George Wishart, he joined the movement to reform the Scottish church.
Popular works: First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women., Treatise on Prayer

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