She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
With the death of Edward VI in 1553, England, for the first time, would have a reigning queen. The question was: Who? Four women stood upon the crest of history: Katherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Lady Jane Grey. But over the... show more
With the death of Edward VI in 1553, England, for the first time, would have a reigning queen. The question was: Who? Four women stood upon the crest of history: Katherine of Aragon’s daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Lady Jane Grey. But over the centuries, other exceptional women had struggled to push the boundaries of their authority and influence—and been vilified as “she-wolves” for their ambitions. Revealed in vivid detail, the stories of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and the Empress Matilda expose the paradox that England’s next female leaders would confront as the Tudor throne lay before them—man ruled woman, but these women sought to rule a nation.
Publish date: January 31st 2012
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, European History
, 15th Century
bookshelves: autumn-2015, e-book, medieval5c-16c, published-2011, nonfiction, history, tudor, nonfic-nov-2015, women, plantagenet-1154-1485, angevins Read from September 12 to November 08, 2015 Description: When Edward VI - Henry VIII’s longed-for son - died in 1553, extraordinarily, there was ...
I found this to be a brief but comprehensive book on several queens that were not the stereotypical queens we picture in popular culture when we think of medieval queens. The women mentioned were some of the earliest feminists, and this book has made me want to read more about these incredible, to...
I felt a little cheated by the subtitle of this book, since none of the women discussed really ruled in their own right. I guess that was hoping for to much. I found it a little strange that Mary only got a mention at the end, rather than the four chapters the other women received.
Helen Castor begins this book with the death of King Edward VI, and how for the first time in England's history, all the possible heirs to the throne were female; his sisters Mary and Elizabeth Tudor, as well as his personal pick, Jane Grey. However, this was the not the first time in history that a...
This book was fantastic. Beware though, there is alot of information which needs to be injested, so to gather the full information(and keep it straight), the book is an incredibly slow read, but well worth it.