She Wolves: England's Early Queens

She Wolves: England's Early Queens

The medieval and Tudor world was built for and ruled by men. Women who sought to rule were vilified as “she-wolves.” Yet starting 800 years ago, a handful of extraordinary women decided they would wear England’s crown. In this captivating BBC series based on her book, historian Helen Castor explores the lives of seven English queens who challenged male power—and whether much has changed. 3 episodes, 1 DVD. SDH, viewer’s guide. From Athena.

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Disc 1

Episode 1: Matilda and Eleanor

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.

 

Episode 2: Isabella and Margaret

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.”

 

Episode 3: Jane, Mary and Elizabeth

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 of the contenders 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.

• 16-page viewer’s guide with articles about the first she-wolf, the men who were the monarchs, women in common life, powerful women in history, and matriarchal societies.

• Biography of Helen Castor

Packaging: Single disc
Run Time: 185 minutes

Format: Widescreen

Number of discs: 1

Language: English

Subtitles: No

Color or B&W: Color

CC: No

SDH: Yes

Region Code: 1

Aspect Ratio: 16:9

Rating: NR

“Captivating twists and shocking betrayals” —Radio Times (UK)

 

“Riveting” —The Times (UK)

She-Wolves

5 Stars

JBurch from CA on 10/2/2014 1:19:00 PM wrote:

This is a fascinating account of some of the lesser-known but very influential queens in English history. A straight documentary with one narrator, by photographing the ancient castles and locations, it manages to ignite the imagination. Factual and unbiased.

She-Wolves

5 Stars

Carolyn Browning from MA on 10/2/2014 1:19:00 PM wrote:

This is a fascinating account of some of the lesser-known but very influential queens in English history. A straight documentary with one narrator, by photographing the ancient castles and locations, it manages to ignite the imagination. Factual and unbiased.

she wolves: england's early queens

5 Stars

linda from CA on 9/7/2014 10:29:00 AM wrote:

a very interesting video for any who are interested in England's monarchy, especially the queens. it is a "riveting and captivating" video with all the history told. the presentation is very good as told by dr Helen castor, the author. I recommend this video to all who are interested in the "history" of women's rights and equality. how "little" has truly changed from these queens to current times.

She Wolves

5 Stars

Roxie from NY on 9/4/2014 11:33:00 PM wrote:

Excellent documentary; provides an accurate historical baseline for watching a series such as "The White Queen", or "The Tudors".

She Wolves

5 Stars

LindaB from ID on 9/4/2014 11:33:00 PM wrote:

Excellent documentary; provides an accurate historical baseline for watching a series such as "The White Queen", or "The Tudors".

She Wolves

5 Stars

Sallie Morgan from IA on 9/4/2014 11:33:00 PM wrote:

Excellent documentary; provides an accurate historical baseline for watching a series such as "The White Queen", or "The Tudors".

CHEERS WOLVES

5 Stars

from CA on 7/31/2014 4:05:00 PM wrote:

Excellent factual presentation of each subject. The visual presentation was interesting - mixing present with the past - but not a distraction. This is a keeper.

Really Enjoyed

5 Stars

Jernigan from PA on 7/2/2014 12:00:00 AM wrote:

This is a informative review of the females who played important roles in English History. A good documentary.

She Wolves: England's Early Queens

5 Stars

Bronwyn from TX on 11/14/2013 9:15:00 PM wrote:

I loved it. Not only did I catch it while it was on sale, I learned a few new things I didn't know. If you love history, this is a good pick.

Excellent

5 Stars

Sherry J. Gold from IL on 11/13/2013 8:41:00 PM wrote:

I am very interested in history and found this fascinating.

Very interesting eye-opener on medieval and Tudor worlds

5 Stars

Christiane from FL on 9/4/2013 4:23:00 PM wrote:

I knew extremely little about England's early queens and decided to purchase this DVD. So far, I have only viewed the first two stories (about Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine), and have not been disappointed. Historian Helen Carter, presents in an extremely engaging and thought-provoking manner. For me, this is quite an entertaining and learning experience. I am eager to look at the five remaining stories. Thank you Acorn, for offering quality and captivating BBC programs. I would definitely buy other similar historical series.

SHE WOLVES..............

5 Stars

I'm OLD!!!!!! from NC on 9/4/2013 11:15:00 AM wrote:

Liked it...........but I do not consider Jane Grey, Mary Tudor or her sister Elizabeth as SHE WOLVES.

A history lesson

5 Stars

Karen from WA on 5/2/2013 1:32:00 PM wrote:

I wish I had this set when I was teaching History. It is well documented and is very clearly written and the graphics are wonderful.

I like it!

5 Stars

Thomas C. Basile from FL on 2/19/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

I enjoyed this program immensely. I love history(especially European and US) and I buy a lot of books(I'm in the bookstore a lot!) and DVD's about history. When I saw the DVD in the catalog I was interested to buy it because one of the many books that I have is "She-Wolves". Any history lover like me would enjoy this DVD!

she-wolves

5 Stars

cindy from on 2/6/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

Liked this-it was well done and contained some new information for me. (I like English history so I did know quite a bit on Elizabeth and Mary, a bit on Eleanor). Nicely done and used clips from modern day in with pictures done of the individuals.