Conclusion. Remembering Jane, Mary I and Elizabeth I, the Tudor queens who ruled following the death of 16-year-old Edward VI in 1553. The reign of Edward's appointed successor, Lady Jane Grey, lasted a scant nine days; she was displaced by Edward's half-sister Mary, who enjoyed popular support. But Mary's reign proved to be relatively short, as she died from influenza five years later. Her half-sister Elizabeth succeeded her, and ruled until her death in 1603.
Part 2 of 3. Remembering Isabella of France, who married Edward II at age 12 in 1308, and Margaret of Anjou, who became queen over a century later when she married Henry VI. After decades of tension between Isabella and Edward II, she and Roger Mortimer ousted her husband from power in 1326, ostensibly in the name of Edward III (who would later take matters into his own hands in order to become ruler). Margaret of Anjou, for her part, played an important role in the Wars of the Roses.
The three-part chronicle of medieval and Tudor queens begins in the 12th century with the Empress Matilda and her daughter-in-law Eleanor of Aquitaine. Matilda, the daughter of Henry I and mother of Henry II, ruled for only a brief time, as a cousin usurped the throne. Eleanor of Aquitaine married Henry Plantagenet, who was to become Henry I; he would imprison her for many years after she supported one of their sons in a revolt against him.