Roberts Liardon tells us that the foundation of the First Blast stated that it was against the law of God, as well as the law of nature, for a woman to rule a kingdom. If man was prepared to submit himself to the government of women, he would do what no other species of creation did, for no male animal was prepared to be dominated by his female. Knox went on to state many reputable facts of the day as to why a woman should not be the chief ruler, his main reason being that the ruler was to lead the army into battle. It was basically an attack on the cruelties of Bloody Mary, and an appeal for the British to revolt against her and overthrow her regime. Using the illustration in which the apostle Paul stated that man was the head of the woman, Knox went wild with imagination. Comparing Paul’s figurative body with the woman as a head to a monster, he said, “ who would not judge that body to be a monster, where there was no head eminent above the rest, but that the eyes were in the hands, the tongue and mouth beneath in the belly, and the ears in the feet.”
About women, he said, “Nature, I say, doth paint them forth to be weak, frail, impatient, feeble and foolish; and experience hath declared them to be unconstant, variable, cruel, and lacking the spirit of counsel and regiment government.” I will say that he was very hard with some of his adjectives defining women, but we must realize these descriptions were ammunition in his argument against the evils of Bloody Mary.
He marveled at the greatness of the people of England, then asked why they stooped to such an evil ruler. Knox concluded the manuscript with a warning to Bloody Mary:
Roberts Liardon tells us that cursed Jezebel of England, with the pestilent and detestable generation of papists, make no little brag and boast, that they have triumphed against all such as have enterprised anything against them or their proceedings. I fear not to say that the day of vengeance, which shall apprehend that horrible monster Jezebel of England, is already appointed in the counsel of the Eternal. And therefore let all men be advertised, for the first trumpet hath once blown.