She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen CastorWhen Edward VI - Henry VIII’s longed-for son - died in 1553, extraordinarily, there was no one left to claim the title King of England. For the first time, all the contenders for the crown were female.
In 1553, England was about to experience the ‘monstrous regiment’ - the unnatural rule - of a woman. But female rule in England also had a past. Four hundred years before Edward’s death, Matilda, daughter of Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conquerer, came tantalisingly close to securing her hold on the power of the crown. And between the 12th and the 15th centuries three more exceptional women - Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou - discovered, as queens consort and dowager, how much was possible if the presumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly.
The stories of these women - told here in all their vivid humanity - illustrate the paradox which the female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate. Man was the head of woman; and the king was the head of all. How, then, could a woman be king, how could royal power lie in female hands?
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She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens
Helen Castor explores the lives of the Tudor queens Jane, Mary and Elizabeth, and how each struggled with wearing a crown that was made for a male head. Browse content similar to Jane, Mary and Elizabeth. Check below for episodes and series from the same categories and more! For Knox, Mary's "spiritual fornication and whoredom" made her "the uttermost of God's plagues. He declared that she was "unworthy, by reason of her bloody tyranny, of the name of woman".
Sign in. The star of " The Boys " has a great Watchlist that she can't stop re-watching. Watch now. Title: Jane, Mary and Elizabeth 21 Mar In , the death of a year-old boy caused an unprecedented political crisis. For the first time in English history, all the contender for his crown were female: Lady Jane Grey, the staunchly Catholic Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth I, who showed how capably and gloriously a woman could rule.
Helen Castor explores the lives of the Tudor queens Jane, Mary and Elizabeth, and how each struggled with wearing a crown that was made for a male head. In the medieval and Tudor world there was no question in people's minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women didn't. A king was a warrior who literally fought to win power then battled to keep it. Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of extraordinary women did attempt to rule medieval and Tudor England. In this series, historian Dr Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she wolves' was deserved. Helen looks at what happened when England was faced not just with inadequate kings, but no kings at all. In , for the first time in English history all the contenders for the crown were female.