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)


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.

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!


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.