Elizabeth Woodville was a commoner whose stunning beauty and strength of character proved irresistable to King Edward IV. England was never the same again.
Catherine Benincasa was proclaimed a saint years after her slow self-inflicted death by starvation.
Lucy Hay was the great-great-grandniece of Anne Boleyn, the inspiration for Milady de Winter from The Three Musketeers, and a completely badass lady spy.
Lettice Knollys was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I whose secret marriage caused a rift between the two women that lasted until both of their deaths.
Queen Elizabeth I found a way to command respect as monarch in a time of widespread misogyny by skilfully portraying herself as more goddess than woman.
George R.R. Martin has defended the use of sexual violence in his Song of Ice and Fire books, and the show Game of Thrones, as being “historically accurate.” But is it?
How circumstance, luck, and fate wound up giving England one of the country's greatest monarchs in the form of an unusually resilient young redheaded woman.
Queen Mary I broke new ground as the first officially recognized female monarch of England. But her short reign is best remembered for bloodshed, tragedy, and her personal problems.
Before she was Bloody Mary, she was Queen Mary. And before that, she was Lady Mary. Before that she was Princess Mary, a young girl who had yet to learn just how terrible her father was.
Kathryn Parr lived through the lives and deaths of Henry VIII's previous five wives, which is likely how she learned to survive him.