Heroines of the Past, Elizabethan Era

August 1, 2007, Published by Amy Puetz; P.O. Box 429; Wright, WY 82732

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Goodness! This summer has certainly gone by fast. Last issue of Heroines was so long that it took two issues to hold it all but this issue will be a lot shorter so you can have more time to do all the fun things that summer allows. Look for the next issue of Heroines in November instead of October as previously mentioned (the due dates will still be the same though). It will be a special tribute to the Pilgrims. Thus the reason for coming out in November!

God Bless,
Amy Puetz

Heroines of the Past
P.O. Box 429
Wright, WY 82732
Heroines of the Past

Lady Jane Grey

By Amy Puetz

"How did I get here?" asked a beautiful young lady as she looked around the cold walls and scantily furnished room that made up her prison. The year is 1554, the place is the tower of London, and the poor prisoner is Lady Jane Grey. Looking out the window she thought back to her childhood, her early years of education. She had a great zeal for knowledge. Her parents were very strict and critical, but her tutor was kind and understanding, so she spent most of her time learning. Before the age of 17 she had mastered 8 languages, was a remarkable musician, an excellent cook, talented at needlework, and was well versed in theological matters. The lack of affection from her parents drew her closer to her dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whom she found comfort.

Jane thought about the events that had led up to her arrest. Edward the VI, the only son of Henry VIII, had always been sickly and was not expected to live much longer. By right Mary, Henry’s eldest daughter should take the throne on the death of Edward, but she was a strong Catholic and hated the Reformation that was taking place in the Church. The Duke of Northumberland devised a plan that would take the throne from Mary and give it to his son. Lady Jane was of royal blood and the Duke arranged for his son Lord Guildford Dudley to marry her and got permission from King Edward for Jane to be the successor to the throne. When Edward died, Jane was made Queen but her reign lasted for only nine short days. Then she and her husband were tried for high treason and placed in the Tower of London. In this quiet solitude her character and kind heart were ever true. Since she knew who she was in Christ, she had faith in His love and goodness. Death has no fear for those who are in Christ. A proof of a relationship with Jesus Christ is freedom from the fear of death. Lady Jane Grey demonstrated this truth with firm resolve.

The signing of the death warrant of Lady Jane Grey

At the tender age of 17 she was executed. Her last words reflected her faith as she said, "Lord, into Thy hands I commend my spirit." Lady Jane Grey died bravely and she is remembered for her piety, faith and character.

Maidens of Virtue

"Taming the Tongue"

By Rita Rice
Keep a notebook handy to write down your answers to the questions or to just jot down ideas that you want to remember.

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue." (Prov. 18:21)

"The tongue can tear down people. It can tear down churches. It can destroy relationships. It can wreck a marriage. It can devastate a family. It can rip up a nation. It can lead to murder. It can lead to war. On the other hand, it can build up. It can create love, enthusiasm, encouragement, comfort, peace, joy. Powerful, powerful thing is the tongue. And if we get a hold of it and control it, it can control all the rest of us." - John MacArthur

Execution of Lady Jane Grey

I. A World of Iniquity
  1. What does a person’s speech reveal about them?
  2. Common sins of the tongue:
    • Tale bearing (gossip, slander, backbiting) - Prov. 26:17-22, Prov. 10:18, Ps. 15:1-3
    • Lying (flattery, deceit, hypocrisy) - Prov. 20:19, Ps. 55:21, Isaiah 29:13, Prov. 12:19,22, Eph. 4:25
    • Complaining (murmuring, unbelief, discontentment) - Numbers 11:1, Exodus 16:8, Phil. 2:14-15
  3. Why do you think the tongue is portrayed as a burning fire? An untamed beast? A deadly poison? - Prov. 16:27, James 3:3-8, Romans 3:13-14
II. How to Tame your Tongue:
  1. Examine your heart - Prov. 4:23, Matt. 12:34-37
  2. Train your mind to think Biblically - Romans 8:6, 12:2, Ps. 119:9-16, Phil. 4:8
  3. Guard your thoughts - 2 Cor. 10:5
  4. Bridle your tongue - James 1:26, Ps. 39:1, Eccl. 5:2-3, Prov. 10:19, 13:3, 21:23 "Let not your tongue run before your mind. It is better to speak too little than too much. You have two ears and one tongue. Hear twice and speak once." - Richard Baxter
  5. Train your tongue to confess the Word of God - Phil. 2:11, Ps. 35:28, 145:10-12, Matt. 10:32, Eph. 4:29, Col. 4:6, 1 Peter 3:15
A Maiden’s Mission
Ask the Lord to keep the door of your lips for His purpose and glory. Practice using your tongue to speak words that will edify those around you.

About the author
Rita Rice has homeschooled her three children for the past 14 years. She has been involved in moderating several Bible study groups, including a group designed for mothers and daughters, "Maidens of Virtue." She enjoys reading Puritan literature and working in her flower garden.

Who’s Who in the Elizabethan Era

Many influential people lived during the Elizabethan era. Test your knowledge by matching the people with their descriptions. Most of the people mentioned were closely connected with Queen Elizabeth I of England.

____ 1. Who was Elizabeth’s mother?
____ 2. Who was Elizabeth’s father?
____ 3. Who preceded Elizabeth on the throne of England?
____ 4. Which Queen who ruled the kingdom north of England did Elizabeth have executed in 1587?
____ 5. Which famous playwright delighted audience with such masterpieces as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Taming of the Shrew, and Romeo and Juliet?
____ 6. Which Catholic ruler of France had the Huguenots killed during the St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre?
____ 7. Who seceded Elizabeth on the English throne?
____ 8. What English sea captain sailed around the world in his ship the Golden Hind?
____ 9. What was Queen Elizabeth’s nickname?
____ 10. Who was an explorer of the new world and a favorite of Elizabeth’s?

A) Mary I
B) Sir Francis Drake
C) Henry VIII
D) James I
E) Mary, Queen of Scots
F) Catherine de Medici
G) Anne Boleyn
H) Sir Walter Raleigh
I) Shakespeare
J) The Virgin Queen


Heroines of the Past

Writer’s Guide.

A to Z Designs

Answers to Who’s Who in the Elizabethan Era

1. G) Anne Boleyn
2. C) Henry VIII
3. A) Mary I, better known as Bloody Mary
4. E) Mary, Queen of Scots
5. I) Shakespeare
6. F) Catherine de Medici
7. D) James I, son of Mary, Queen of Scots
8. B) Sir Francis Drake
9. J) The Virgin Queen, because she never married
10. H) Sir Walter Raleigh

Paper Dolls


Do you enjoy playing with paper dolls? Most girls do! This website has a paper doll of Lady Jane Grey along with four outfits. It appears that the dolls can be printed up, just be sure to follow their note at the end that says, "These paper dolls are provided for personal and educational use only, and not for commercial use."

Paper dolls are a wonderful way to spark the imagination and make history come to life.


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