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She-Wolves: England's Early Queens

Season 1
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In this series, historian Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked, and whether the term 'She-Wolves' was deserved. Based on her critically acclaimed book 'She-Wolves'.
Starring
Helen Castor
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DramaHistoricalDocumentary
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Matilda and Eleanor
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    March 5, 2012
    1 h 1 min
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    The first woman to attempt to claim the English throne, Matilda--daughter of Henry I, granddaughter of William the Conqueror--was hours from her coronation in 1141 when an angry mob chased her away. Her daughter-in-law, Eleanor of Aquitaine, led a rebellion against her own husband. Neither won the crown, but both ensured that the dynasty would continue.
  2. 2. Isabella and Margaret
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    March 5, 2012
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    Isabella and Margaret were both young French girls and political pawns when they were married to English kings: Isabella to Edward II in the 14th century, Margaret to Henry VI 100 years later. Isabella was accused of murder and Margaret of plunging England into the Wars of the Roses. Shakespeare later dubbed Margaret "She-wolf of France."
  3. 3. Jane, Mary and Elizabeth
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    March 5, 2012
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    In 1553, the death of a 15-year-old boy caused an unprecedented political crisis. Edward VI was Henry VIII's only male heir. For the first time in English history, all the contender for his crown were female: Lady Jane Grey, the staunchly Catholic Mary Tudor, and Elizabeth I, who showed how capably and gloriously a woman could rule.

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Directors
Lucy Swingler
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Starring
Helen Castor