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.
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.
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.
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.
In which we learn how Anne Boleyn forced her way into history through sheer force of amazingness.