She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen CastorShe-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

byHelen Castor

Paperback | January 31, 2012

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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. 

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...
Title:She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before ElizabethFormat: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 3 out of 5 by from Interesting For me this was an interesting book with lots to learn. I think this is the first I have heard of Isabella of France and I am intrigued to learn more. I also liked seeing the War of the Roses from Margaret's perspective.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good starting point. If you're unfamiliar with the Queens before Elizabeth I, this a great starting point to learn about these amazing women! Must read. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read For anyone interested in history or the monarchy, this book is a must-read
Date published: 2017-04-21
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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“A fascinating biography…An insightful look at issues still relevant today, related by an accomplished historian and storyteller.”