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She-Wolves: England's Early Queens

Di 19 juni 2018
23:30 tot 00:30
BBC Four

Herhaling. Historian Dr Helen Castor explores seven queens who challenged male power, the fierce reactions they provoked and whether the term 'she wolves' was deserved.

In the medieval and Tudor world there was no question in people's minds about the order of God's creation - men ruled and women did not. A king was a warrior who literally fought to win power then battled to keep it.

Yet despite everything that stood in their way, a handful of women did attempt to rule medieval and Tudor England. 800 years ago Matilda almost became the first woman to be crowned queen of England in her own right. Castor explores how Matilda reached this point and why her bid for the throne ultimately failed.

Her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine was an equally formidable woman. Despite being remembered as the queen of courtly love, in reality during her long life she divorced one king and married another, only to lead a rebellion against him.

She only finally achieved the power she craved in her seventies.

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