Powerful queens throughout history have often been misunderstood and reduced to stereotypes, as they were judged through biased lenses that distorted their actions and motivations. By examining their lives, we can dispel these myths and gain a better understanding of their true character and legacy. Women like Empress Matilda and Eleanor of Aquitaine defied expectations and challenged the status quo, proving that women have played important roles in history by breaking gender norms.
Today, Steph is joined by Dr. Valerie Schutte. Valerie Schutte earned her PhD in History from the University of Akron, and is author or editor of eight books on Queen Mary I, unexpected heirs, and queens in Shakespeare. She is currently working on a cultural biography of Anne of Cleves and edited collections on Tudor myths, the making and remaking of Lady Jane Grey and Mary I, and Mary I and Continental humanism. Valerie’s research interests include Queen Mary I, Anne of Cleves, Tudor queenship, book dedications, books related to Tudor kings.
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Host: Steph Stohrer
Guest: Dr. Valerie Schutte
Edited by: Rebecca Larson
Voice Over: David Black
Music: Ketsa, Alexander Nakarada, and Winnie the Moog