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)

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

4 Stars

LindaB from ID on 1/25/2014 10:29:00 AM wrote:

Bought because I am British history fan. Was good if a little dry. Nice to see locations where some of the events occurred although not so fond of all the back shots of author.Also not aware of any queen but Marguerite being labled "She wolf" although stories were interesting. Guess she had to come up with SOMETHING for a title!Eleanor of Aquitaine was truly interesting character. Have read several other fiction and non fiction books about her. And "The Lion In Winter" which came over more as humor than anything else. All in all,good movie,worth watching for Anglophiles.

She Wolves

4 Stars

Roxie from NY on 1/25/2014 10:29:00 AM wrote:

Bought because I am British history fan. Was good if a little dry. Nice to see locations where some of the events occurred although not so fond of all the back shots of author.Also not aware of any queen but Marguerite being labled "She wolf" although stories were interesting. Guess she had to come up with SOMETHING for a title!Eleanor of Aquitaine was truly interesting character. Have read several other fiction and non fiction books about her. And "The Lion In Winter" which came over more as humor than anything else. All in all,good movie,worth watching for Anglophiles.

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.

She-Wolves

4 Stars

JBurch from CA on 9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM wrote:

It was a little more history than I thought it would be but I found it interesting.

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.