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She-wolves : the women who ruled England before Elizabeth

Author: Helen Castor
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This volume presents the story of the so-called "she-wolves" that paved the way for the Golden Age of Elizabethan rule that followed after them. These early queens of England and France (Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and Mary Tudor) demonstrated through intelligence, strength and sheer will power how to rule without male support.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: Elizabeth, Queen of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England; Elizabeth, Queen of England
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Castor
ISBN: 9780061430763 0061430765 9780061430770 0061430773
OCLC Number: 595738997
Description: xv, 480 pages : color illustrations, maps, genealogical tables ; 24 cm
Contents: Beginnings. July 6, 1553 : the king is dead --
Long live the queen? --
Matilda : Lady of England. This land grew dark --
Mathilda imperatrix --
Lady of England --
Greatest in her offspring --
Eleanor : an incomparable woman. An incomparable woman --
The war without love --
By the wrath of God, queen of England --
Surpassing almost all the queens of this world --
Isabella : iron lady. One man so loved another --
Dearest and most powerful --
"Someone has come between my husband and myself" --
Iron lady --
Margaret : a great and strong laboured woman. Our lady sovereign --
A great and strong laboured woman --
Might and power --
The queen sustains us --
New beginnings. July 6, 1553 : Long live the queen --
Not of ladies' capacity --
A queen and by the same title a king also.
Responsibility: Helen Castor.

Abstract:

This volume presents the story of the so-called "she-wolves" that paved the way for the Golden Age of Elizabethan rule that followed after them. These early queens of England and France (Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and Mary Tudor) demonstrated through intelligence, strength and sheer will power how to rule without male support.

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 presumptions 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?-- From publisher description.

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