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Some women did become literate and were scholars, however, such as Hypatia.
Girls' formal education has traditionally been considered far less important than that of boys.
In many countries, it is traditional for Catholics children to undergo another sacrament, First Communion, at the age of 7 years old.
By the 18th century, Europeans recognized the value of literacy, and schools were opened to educate the public in growing numbers.
Education in the Age of Enlightenment in France led to up to a third of women becoming literate by the time of the French Revolution, contrasting with roughly half of men by that time.
In her case, as a child she was in a precarious position as a possible heir to the throne, and her life was in fact endangered by the political scheming of other powerful members of the court.
Following the execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth was considered illegitimate.