She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

Helen Castor (Author)
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Description

"Helen Castor has an exhilarating narrative gift. . . . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding." --Hilary Mantel, Booker Prize-winning author of Wolf Hall

In the tradition of Antonia Fraser, David Starkey, and Alison Weir, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, eye-opening examination of women and power in England, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds--and one who never got the chance. Exploring the narratives of the Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and other "she-wolves," as well as that of the Nine Days' Queen, Lady Jane Grey, Castor invokes a magisterial discussion of how much--and how little--has changed through the centuries.

Product Details

Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Harper Perennial
Publish Date
January 31, 2012
Pages
480
Dimensions
6.06 X 1.03 X 8.92 inches | 1.17 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
ISBN/EAN
9780061430770
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About the Author

Helen Castor is a historian of medieval England and a Bye-Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her first book, Blood and Roses, was long-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and won the English Association's Beatrice White Prize. Her second book, She-Wolves, was selected as one of the books of the year by The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Financial Times, and BBC History Magazine. She lives in London.

Reviews

"[Helen Castor is] an accomplished and elegant historian."--Miranda Seymour, New York Times Book Review
"A fascinating biography of four powerful English queens...An insightful look at issues still relevant today, related by an accomplished historian and storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews
"Castor has done a masterful job of outlining the burdens these women faced. . . . Readers of popular history of British royals will enjoy their immensely human stories."--Library Journal
"Exceptional, even inspirational reading."--BookPage
"A fascinating biography...An insightful look at issues still relevant today, related by an accomplished historian and storyteller."--Kirkus Reviews
"Beautifully narrated . . . learned and exciting. This is medieval history at its best."--Evening Standard
"Helen Castor's very readable She-Wolves is . . . full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. . . . Castor is a fine scholar and an equally fine storyteller."--Cleveland Plain Dealer
"A gripping book . . . She-Wolves is a superb history of the powerful women who have surrounded England's throne, combining blood-drenched drama, politics, sex and swordplay with scholarly analysis, symptahy for the plight of women and elegant writing."--Simon Sebag Montefiore, Daily Telegraph (London)
"Castor skillfully combines this analysis with driving narratives, using vivd details from contemporary chronicles to bring those distant days alive. She-Wolves makes one gasp at the brutality of medieval power struggles--and at the strength and vitality of the women who sought to wield royal power."--Jenny Uglow, Financial Times
"Castor's deep research will please European, military, and women's historians, while [her] tight storytelling makes this unusually fine royal history enjoyable reading for casual readers."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)