She-Wolves: England's Early Queens

(Rochester, New York) – 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.

The first episode follows Matilda, the first woman to try to claim the crown for her own right in 1135, but who soon realized her struggle could only be successful if she fought in the name of her son, and her daughter-in-law, Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Isabella and Margaret, two French girls who married English kings and were forced to confront of the violence of England, are the focus of the next segment, airing August 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

The last episode of the series, which airs August 18, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. provides insight into Jane, Mary, and Elizabeth Tudor and their struggles as they all vied for the crown.

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




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