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13:25 Jul 21, 2005
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature
English term or phrase:all for not making "windows in men's minds"
"(Queen Elizabeth's) sister had actually married King Philip of Spain and returned her country (Scotland) to Catholicism. Elizabeth, however, was Protestant both by conviction and nationalism. Thus, while the new queen (Elizabeth) was all for not making "windows in men's minds" she quickly realised that by turning England towards the Protestant cause she had made both herself and her country a target for every papal fanatic bent on furthering the cause of Rome's Counter-Reformation. Only diplomacy and intriuge could save her throne."
the author is British and wants to explain the rather difficult situation of Elizabeth at the time she got to throne, being the target of the times superpower, Catholic Spain and France, not to mention Rome...
Explanation: "I have no desire to make windows into men's souls" seems to be the usual form of the quote.
Means she didn't care what people thought/believed, as long as they were outwardly Church of England rather than Catholic.
the phrase is explained in Elizabeth I quote below
Explanation: In other words, she cannot guess what everyone wishes and thinks; she cannot nor can her government peer into the minds of all her subjects and since there is such diversity not uniformity (i.e. the different religious positions of the time) she and her government had to bridge that divide:
Here is the direct quote from Elizabeth I:
"We have always lived without consensus. Unity has not meant uniformity of opinion among us since there has been a Church of England -- it was Elizabeth I who said, "I have no wish to open windows into men's souls," erecting a standard of freedom of conscience that has endured among us, interrupted only by the brief and censorious Puritan era, which was put aside with great relief as soon as it was possible to do so. There are Anglicans who understand their faith to be very similar to that of their Protestant friends and neighbors, and Anglicans who feel much more Catholic in their approach to it. There are Anglicans who find unassailable support for conservative politics within the pages of scripture, and Anglicans who
point with equal certainty to the burden of argument within scripture and its study, within which they find support for a liberal posture. Our Church knows that everybody has a lens -- you can't see without one. And every lens is different. We don't all see the same thing, and we don't see things the same way."
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