“The fatal mistake is in the notion that [the child] must learn ‘outlines,’ of the whole history…of the world. let him, on the contrary, linger pleasantly over the history of a single man, a short period, until he thinks the thoughts of that man, is at home in the ways of that period. Though he is reading and thinking of the life time of a single man, he is really getting intimately acquainted with the history of a whole nation for a whole age.”

–Charlotte Mason

In our family, one of the figures we lingered over was Elizabeth I. We even tried to approximate this gown. Queen Elizabeth was also my daughter’s introduction to controversial subjects in politics, because of the role the Tudors played in the wars of the Reformation.  But we didn’t set out to do any of this.  It all started because of a book.