On March 24, 1603, James VI of Scotland becomes James I of England and Ireland upon the death of Elizabeth I. He is the first of the Stuart House of the British Monarchy. The success and legitimacy of his rule may be attributed to his predecessors, specifically the women. The women of the British monarchy have a legacy of power and rebellion in their very existence. English culture for much of its history dictated that men rule over women and kings rule over all men. How can a woman be king? And, yet, women ruled and the monarchy survived because of it. Helen Castor writes She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth to tell the stories of the women who ruled from the English throne and attributed the paradox they lived and were forced to thrived within.

Book Title: She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

Book Author: Helen Castor

ISBN Number: 0061430765 (ISBN13: 9780061430763)

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