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She-Wolves by Helen Castor
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Jul 03, 2011

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Read from April 13 to 17, 2011

The premise of the book is that these "she-wolves' paved the way for the Golden Age of Elizabethan rule that followed. The histories of the women who 'ruled' before Elizabeth were really well filled in. They were easy to read and follow. However, when the author turns to apply the lessons/political changes that allowed Elizabeth (and her sister before her) to rule, the book falls apart. The last section where she tries to pull it all together seems rushed and hard to understand.
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Dawn I agree. I thought Castor's way of "bookending" her history with the death of Edward VI and the ascensions of Mary and Elizabeth was an interesting device. The first part lived up to my expectations, but the final section absolutely seems rushed and weak.

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