With the death of Edward VI in 1553, England, for the first time, would have a reigning queen. The question was: Who?
Four women stood upon thecrest of history: Katherine of Aragon s daughter, Mary; Anne Boleyn s daughter, Elizabeth; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Lady Jane Grey. But over the centuries, other exceptional women had struggled to push the boundaries of their authority and influence and been vilified as she-wolves for their ambitions. Revealed in vivid detail, the stories of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France, Margaret of Anjou, and the Empress Matilda expose the paradox that England s next female leaders would confront as the Tudor throne lay before them man ruled woman, but these women sought to rule a nation."