Mary Tudor was very briefly Queen of France and then she tricked her brother Henry VIII to let her marry for love, and her life was pretty much non-stop amazing.
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury: From Traitor’s Daughter to Traitor’s Mother to Beheaded Martyr
Margaret Pole's fortunes were a roller coaster of being in and out of royal favour, and unfortunately the final die roll ended with her executed for treason she didn't actually do.
Marie de Guise: The Indominable French Queen of Scots
Marie de Guise was the mother of Mary Queen of Scots. She was also Tall, Glamorous, had her own bespoke armour, and lived an AMAZING LIFE.
Mary Queen of Scots vs Queen Elizabeth I: Royal Rivals
A deep dive into the complex, strained, and BONKERS collision course between Mary Queen of Scots and Queen Elizabeth I.
Bess of Hardwick: Her Ambitious Rise From Obscurity To Dominance
How a farmer's daughter from Derbyshire become a power player in the cutthroat Tudor court and the wealthiest woman in England.
Lady Margaret Douglas: The Tudor Cousin Who Refused To Be Cast Aside
Lady Margaret Douglas was a ruthless survivor whose ambition and cleverness changed the course of English monarchy forever.
Anne Askew: Renegade, Writer, Preacher, Feminist, Martyr
Anne Askew was one of the earliest-known female poets to compose in the English language, the first Englishwoman to demand a divorce, and wound up the only recorded woman to be tortured in the Tower of London, then burned at the stake.
Lucy Hay, Countess of Carlisle: Courtier, Muse, Revolutionary, Spy
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, Countess of Essex and Leicester: The Boleyn Descendant
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: Part Two: Gloriana
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.
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