The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth
Foreword by the author
A new fully illustrated Folio Society edition of Helen Castor’s She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth which depicts the lives of four remarkable medieval women: Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen Isabella, Margaret of Anjou.
In 1553, as Edward VI, Henry VIII’s longed-for male heir, lay dying in his bed, the only contenders for his crown – for the first time in English history – were all female. And although England had never previously had a reigning queen, women’s hands had reached for power and the crown many times before, and for their pains might be vilified as she-wolves.
Bound in cloth blocked with a design based on the Matilda seal, drawn by Neil Gower
Set in Centaur
Frontispiece, 24 pages of colour plates and 5 hand-drawn maps
10˝ x 6¾˝