Kick-Ass Tudor Women

Female stories of the 1600s

Heather Teysko

Heather Teysko

Creator of the Renaissance English History Podcast

Kick-Ass Tudor Women
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The 16th century is filled with powerful women who defied the norms and expectations of what it meant to be female. In this course we look at ten women who impacted British history, or were simply eyewitnesses to stories we generally hear told only from the perspective of the men involved. We’ll dive deep into these powerful women’s stories, as we learn about prophets, entrepreneurs, property investors, and even a woman who gave birth to a dynasty.  

What You'll Learn

  • Discover 10 women who defied the revolutionary new norms and expectations for females and whose powerful stories resonate to this day.

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the 16th century through the eyes of women who watched it unfold.

  • Explore the evolving role of women in society and how women have been creating roles for themselves with greater freedom than ever before.


10 Episodes

1. Introduction


She gave birth to the Tudor Dynasty, and yet the very little that we do learn about her is filled with stereotypes and judgments based on very little information. Learn about the fascinating woman that Lady Margaret was, and how she learned to thrive in an environment that was anything but welcoming to her.

2. Lady Margaret Beaufort


3. Margaret Pole


4. Bessie Blount


5. Elizabeth Barton


6. Anne Askew


7. Elizabeth Seymour


8. Bess of Hardwick


9. Levina Teerlinc


10. Mary Sidney Herbert


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