She Wolves (NEW)


  • Hardcover
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  • She Wolves
  • Helen Castor
  • English
  • 08 April 2018
  • 9780571237050

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She Wolves review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Helen Castor read She Wolves When Edward VI Henry VIII’s longed for son died in 1553 extraordinarily there was no one left to claim the title King of England For the first time all the contenders for the crown were femaleIn 1553 England was about to experience the ‘monstrous regiment’ the unnatural rule of a woman But female rule in England also had a past Four hundred years be. If I had to sum up the thesis of Helen Castor s book in one sentence it would be this Elizabeth I didn t come out of nowhere Elizabeth Tudor was the first woman to rule England in her own right but as Castor s book makes clear she was only able to wear the crown thanks to the efforts of several other women in England s history who each in her own way paved the way for one of the most successful rulers in her country s history Castor takes us through the stories of several royal women starting in the Middle Ages and shows us how they successively got a little bit closer to the crown with Elizabeth I as the end result Of course the heavy hitters like Eleanor of Auitaine and Mary I get lots of page space but Castor also takes time to delve into the lives and lasting influences of women who freuently get overlooked and dismissed by history as merely wife of insert historical man here In addition to the fascinating stories of how these women tried to gain power with mixed results Castor is also exploring the concept of ueenship what it means to be ueen as opposed to king and how that role grew and evolved over time One of the most interesting parts for me was the discussion of how it was the ueen s job to publicly plead to the king for mercy on someone s behalf the king couldn t be viewed as weak so by indulging the ueen s feminine weakness he could pardon someone without losing face I also appreciated how Castor is not pulling her punches when it comes to showing just how badly the deck was stacked against women in power One of the funniest parts of the book while discussing two royal women fighting for control of the crown Castor uotes a commentator from the time who heavily criticized one woman for going against her feminine nature by seeking power while that same guy complimented her rival on how brave and tough and strong she was Elizabeth I is often held up as an example of a strong independent woman who revolutionized the English monarchy and often lazy historians present her as the good sister in contrast to Bloody Mary whichugh but Castor s book makes it clear that Elizabeth was standing on the shoulders of dozens of women who came before her women who are often overshadowed by the stories of their husbands fathers brothers and sons By collecting their stories and presenting them as a long term effort to change the way the English monarchy operated She Wolves shines a light on some key background players in England s history

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She Wolves review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Helen Castor read She Wolves Fore Edward’s death Matilda daughter of Henry I and granddaughter of William the Conuerer came tantalisingly close to securing her hold on the power of the crown And between the 12th and the 15th centuries three exceptional women Eleanor of Auitaine Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou discovered as ueens consort and dowager how much was possible if. For a rigorous non fiction history book this one s so easy to read that time flies by without notice and before you know you ve finished it Helen Castor is definitely one of those few academics who can narrate true facts from history as if it were a novel very amenable style and not dry at all despite the amount of informationAnd it s so enjoyable despite already being pretty fairly familiar with the women discussed in this book four extraordinary women who wielded royal power before the three Tudor ueens that count as Britain s first official female rulers on their own right Their names are Empress Matilda Eleanor of Auitaine Isabella of France and Margaret of Anjou and each of them led a very tumultuous life as ueen of England or aspiring ueen Regnant in the case of the first and started rebellions and civil wars in defence of their rights or their children s to ruleOf those Matilda was the most interesting to me and the most tragic Castor makes a good case in demonstrating how her gender was so huge an obstacle that her throne was usurped by men unable to accept a female ruling over them in spite of solemn oaths taken to respect her father Henry I s bestowing of his crown on her as his heir but she doesn t stop at bemoaning the stupid oppressive patriarchy like I ve seen other scholars too focused on gender politics and political correctness do No instead Helen Castor also discusses how Matilda s own personal flaws and mistakes in judgment played a role in her never attaining the crown that was hers I very much appreciated this balance because there s nothing that annoys me than modern gender ideology retrospectively reinterpreting history to prove a pointAnother section that I was impressed with was the one dealing with Isabella of France Again a balanced study of the ueen and her husband as well Here Castor debunks accepted myths about Edward II like those related to his male favourites and the manner of his death to cite just two examples But unlike others she doesn t paint the king as someone simply misunderstood or slandered He wasn t competent and made plenty of mistakes full stop The sections dedicated to the lives of Eleanor and Margaret were the least interesting to me mostly because I already know both ueens perhaps a tad too well for an introductory type of biography to add anything really new to me I do love Eleanor s life story and Castor does a great summary of the key events in her long existence But in the case of Margaret of Anjou there s also the additional detail that she s never been an intriguing person to read about for me unlike the other women I can t even picture her as a tragic figure but rather as a political failure It doesn t help that she s the only one of the four ueens who didn t leave behind a legacy to justify in some measure all that spilt bloodIn sum this is an excellent introductory history book very recommended for casual readers and those who want to know a bit about the real history behind the popular novels that have a non Tudor English ueen as a main character

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She Wolves review Ý PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook download Ê PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ¿ Helen Castor read She Wolves The presumptions of male rule were not confronted so explicitlyThe stories of these women told here in all their vivid humanity illustrate the paradox which the female heirs to the Tudor throne had no choice but to negotiate Man was the head of woman; and the king was the head of all How then could a woman be king how could royal power lie in female hand. 455Over the years for one reason or another I ve picked up a hell of a lot of English history through inadvertent measures The Tudors and the Borgias are the two families I ve studied on an amateur level since grade school and a systematic repetition of Shakespeare at various levels of education and varied modes of entertainment has built up an instinctive recognition of names and plots that for all the 16th 17th century fanfiction treatment still serves me well My story is not unusual for one born and bred in the military industrial complex inheritor of the most ubiuitous colonial monstrosity and the fact that everyone in the stories looks like me only explains the sticking of stories to my inherent recall even Individual bits of truth then are not the pieces of worth in this field of knowledge although the histories this work churns through has been such a fortuitous boon in my hardcore current study of ChaucerShakespearean TragedyAustenEliotEvans that fickle fortune must indeed be contemplatedThe English ueen is dead Long live the ueen What s to be done now is to look at all this prescriptive junk that s built up over centuries of land murder betrayal popularity contests drowning heterosexual fertility non heteronormativity the word of God the word of Fate and plain and simple incompetence We could ve had a golden age far closer to Henry I and II than Henry VIII had a certain uncle not thrust his way into the limelight There may have been a line of names that drowned Shakespeare s she wolf in its own fear of backlash had a certain fool son not gone and gotten himself killed The King is always male because that is how the dice happened to fall That s it Add in a little superstition always the driving force of bigotry when sanctity of rule is made to hinge on color and skin and what lies between a person s legs and of course you re going to get a certain type of malodorous conspiracy that demands incestuous begetting by reason of its previously successful incestuous history It s not actually that successful of course when one looks at the sheer number of Henrys that just sat on the throne and failed but that s not what they re going to teach you in schoolWith regards to the narratological aspects of this work I like Castor s style Between the mounds of unavoidably androcentric history there s a very keen picking apart of just what was keeping Matilda and Eleanor and Isabella and Margaret from that Elizabeth level undeniable proof in the history books In some lives the gynephobic rules of ruling had not yet firmly established themselves in the sociopolitical and religious contests and what ultimately decided the fallout was a matter of speed and ease of conformity In others female despots are still despots and the only difference between one successful revolution and the other is how nasty the historians are going to be about the usurper who had a womb Looking back on the facts and the formulas that are the cause and conseuence of any history of power I can now appreciate just how much unorthodox spitting in the patriarchal eye had to go on before Elizabeth could become Elizabeth the First If she didn t closely analyze the previous English histories of women coming to power and learn from every one I ll eat my hatThis is why history is so much fun Between the learn or you are doomed to repeat and those on top wanting exactly that you have the liminal realm where seemingly irrefutable states of being haven t yet had the time to become established The King rules because of this The ueen doesn t rule because of that We do this because of this We don t do this because of that All very cute those ways of following but time waits for no indoctrination for the sake of inoculation To those who disagree I ll see you on the other side She was not bound they said by any of England s laws since the Conuest and could therefore choose to sweep away the entire apparatus of the Reformation at will because all previous statutes had been made in the name of England s king while its ueen was nowhere mentioned


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    She Wolves (NEW) If I had to sum up the thesis of Helen Castor’s book in one sentence it would be this Elizabeth I didn’t come out of nowhere Elizabeth Tudor was the first woman to rule England in her own right but as Castor’s book makes clear she was only able to wear the crown thanks to the efforts of several other women in England’s history who each in her own way paved the way for one of the most successful rulers in her country’s hi

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    She Wolves (NEW) For a rigorous non fiction history book this one's so easy to read that time flies by without notice and before you know you've finished it Helen Castor is definitely one of those few academics who can narrate true facts from history as if it were a novel very amenable style and not dry at all despite the amount of informationAnd it's so enjoyable despite already being pretty fairly familiar with the women discussed in this book four extr

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    She Wolves (NEW) Helen Castor ¿ 0 read Description When Edward VI Henry VIII’s longed for son died in 1553 extraordinarily there was no one left to claim the title King of England For the first time all the contenders for the crown were femaleIn 1553 England was about t

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    She Wolves (NEW) 455Over the years for one reason or another I've picked up a hell of a lot of English history through inadvertent measures The Tudors and the Borgias are the two families I've studied on an amateur level since grade school and a systematic re

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