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Mildred Cooke Cecil
Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England
  • Linda Shenk, Iowa State University
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Version
Published Version
Publication Date
1-1-2007
Abstract

Married to William Cecil, Queen Elizabeth's chief advisor, Mildred Cooke Cecil occupied a rare position in Elizabethan England. She traveled in the inmost circles of high politics and occasionally participated directly in political, typically international, situations. Born on 25 August 1526 to Sir Anthony Cooke and Lady Anne Fitzwilliam, Cooke Cecil became one of the most famous learned women in England during and even after her lifetime. Elizabethan educator Roger Ascham lauded Cooke Cecil for being able to read Greek as easily as English. She had proven this skill by translating Greek works by the early church fathers, St. Basil and St. Chrysostom. A few years after she married Cecil (on 25 December 1545), she offered her translation of a sermon by Saint Basil to Anne Stanhope Seymour, duchess of Somerset, wife to the lord protector of England.

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Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England by Eds. Diana Maury Robin, Anne R. Larsen, and Carole Levin. Copyright© 2007 by ABC-CLIO, LLC. All rights reserved. Reproduced with permission of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Santa Barbara, CA.

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ABC-CLIO
Language
en
Date Available
2015-05-18
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application/pdf
Citation Information
Linda Shenk. "Mildred Cooke Cecil" Encyclopedia of Women in the Renaissance: Italy, France, and England Vol. 1 (2007) p. 74 - 74
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/linda_shenk/4/