Katharine Parr was a positive influence on Elizabeth's life. She was kind and encouraged her to get a good education, finding the best tutors to teach her. However, her years with Katharine created another split between her and Mary. Mary was not raised Protestant, and did not feel connected to Katharine Parr the way her step-siblings did. In years to come, with religion tying in so closely to politics, the fact that Elizabeth had been raised Protestant was huge.