Lady Margaret Douglas was a ruthless survivor whose ambition and cleverness changed the course of English monarchy forever.
Margaret Tudor loved dancing, music, fashion, and power, and she refused to let two terrible husbands (and one meh husband) stand in the way of getting what she wanted.
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.
Elizabeth Woodville was a commoner whose stunning beauty and strength of character proved irresistable to King Edward IV. But winning over the rest of the royal court was more challenging.
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.