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    DescriptionThis is now a BBC4 series showing in March 2012. When 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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    Title
    She-Wolves
    Subtitle
    The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Helen Castor
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 392 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780571237067
    ISBN 10: 0571237061
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3H
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    DC22: B
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP090
    Ingram Theme: SEXL/FEMINE
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25550
    BIC subject category V2: HBLC1
    BISAC V2.8: BIO014000, BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, 3H, 3JB
    DC22: 942.030922
    Thema V1.0: DNB, JBSF1, DNBH, NHD, NHDJ
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (chiefly col.), map
    Publisher
    FABER & FABER
    Imprint name
    Faber & Faber Non-Fiction
    Publication date
    07 July 2011
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Helen Castor is a historian of medieval England, and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her last book, Blood & Roses, a biography of the fifteenth-century Paston family, was longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2005 and won the English Association's Beatrice White Prize in 2006. She lives in London with her husband and son.
    Review quote
    "Castor skillfully combines this analysis with driving narratives, using vivd details from contemporary chronicles to bring those distant days alive. "She-Wolves" makes one gasp at the brutality of medieval power struggles--and at the strength and vitality of the women who sought to wield royal power."--Jenny Uglow, Financial Times