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She-wolves

The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
Castor, Helen (eBook - 2011)
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When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen, but the question was which one: Katherine of Aragon's daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth; or one of their cousins, Lady Jane Grey or Mary, Queen of Scots. 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 Conqueror, came tantalizingly close to securing the crown for herself. And between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries three more exceptional women -- Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou -- discovered how much was possible if pre-sumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly, and just how quickly they might be vilified as "she-wolves" for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that 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 royal power lie in female hands? - Publisher.
Authors: Castor, Helen
Statement of Responsibility: Helen Castor
Title: She-wolves
the women who ruled England before Elizabeth
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 480 p.) : col. ill., maps, geneal. tables.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents: pt. 1. Beginnings
pt. 2. Matilda : Lady of England
pt. 3. Eleanor : an incomparable woman
pt. 4. Isabella : iron lady
pt. 5. Margaret : a great and strong laboured woman
pt. 6. New beginnings
Summary: When Edward VI died in 1553, the extraordinary fact was that there was no one left to claim the title of king of England. For the first time, England would have a reigning queen, but the question was which one: Katherine of Aragon's daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth; or one of their cousins, Lady Jane Grey or Mary, Queen of Scots. 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 Conqueror, came tantalizingly close to securing the crown for herself. And between the twelfth and fifteenth centuries three more exceptional women -- Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, and Margaret of Anjou -- discovered how much was possible if pre-sumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitly, and just how quickly they might be vilified as "she-wolves" for their pains. The stories of these women, told here in all their vivid detail, expose the paradox that 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 royal power lie in female hands? - Publisher.
Subject Headings: Queens England Biography Queens Great Britain History To 1500 Great Britain History Elizabeth, 1558-1603 Great Britain Kings and rulers Biography Elizabeth I, Queen of England, 1533-1603 Monarchy Great Britain History To 1500
Genre/Form: Electronic books
Topical Term: Queens
Queens
Monarchy
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Castor, Helen. She-wolves. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2011 9780061430763 (DLC) 2010013263 (OCoLC)595738997
ISBN: 9780062065780
0062065785
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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