She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byHelen Castor

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“Helen Castor has an exhilarating narrative gift. . . . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding.” —Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall 

In the tradition of Antonia Fraser, David Starkey, and Alison Weir, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, eye-opening examination of women and power in England, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds—and one who never got the chance. Exploring the narratives of the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and other “she-wolves,” as well as that of the Nine Days' Queen, Lady Jane Grey, Castor invokes a magisterial discussion of how much—and how little—has changed through the centuries. 

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“Helen Castor has an exhilarating narrative gift. . . . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding.” —Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall In the tradition of Antonia Fraser, David Starkey, and Alison Weir, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, eye-opening examination...

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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 struggle...

Helen Castor is a historian of medieval England and a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her first book,Blood and Roses, was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2005 and won the English Association's Beatrice White Prize in 2006. Her second book,She-Wolves, was selected as one of the books of the year for 2010 by t...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.24 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0061430773

ISBN - 13:9780061430770

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from She - Wolves An excellent book. The lives of these great women told in readable and enjoyable narrative.
Date published: 2014-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a wonderful overview of the lives of seven compelling women. It was the first non-fiction history book I ever read, and I found it incredibly engaging and easy to understand. The author spends just enough time in each section that anyone can follow along, but not so much time as to get caught up on insignificant details. Also, because of the time frame - from Matilda to Elizabeth I - you get a good idea of the general political climate from the late Middle Ages to the beginning of the Tudor period as well as each woman's personal stories. Overall, an excellent book for anyone interested in English history, even if they haven't made that leap into reading non-fiction yet.
Date published: 2014-01-23

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