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.
The women in the 2001 French film Brotherhood of the Wolf each choose a different way to survive, offering them the mistaken impression they’re in control of their own lives.
Catherine Howard was elevated from obscurity, burned fire bright, and died for it.
Anne of Cleves was out of her depth at English court, but wound up living longer and happier than any of Henry's other wives.
Taking a closer look at the brief marriage and reign of a kind woman who is oven overshadowed by the drama of her predecessors.