She-Wolves: England's Early Queens

She-Wolves: England's Early Queens

Sun, 08/04/2013 - 8:00pm

Pictured: She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens host Helen Castor

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Today, the image of the Queen is a globally recognized symbol of the British nation, but in past centuries, the notion of a female monarch was unthinkable. Only men fought and died for the British monarchy; the crown was not just a question of familial inheritance, but of the masculine ability to fight. However, some remarkable women threw this accepted equation off-balance as they fiercely asserted their own right to rule the British people.

The three-part series She-Wolves: England's Early Queens, airing Sundays, August 4, 11, and 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV, tells the story of seven women who challenged the patriarchal structure of British rule - from Matilda, the granddaughter of William the Conqueror, through the last Tudor, Elizabeth I. Host Helen Castor cites primary documents and visits historical landmarks as she leads viewers through the political, religious and gender conflicts that piece together the complex narrative of English history.