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Matilda and Eleanor: The first woman to attempt to claim the English throne, Matilda - daughter of Henry I, granddaughter of William the Conqueror - was hours from her coronation in 1141 when an angry mob chased her away. Her daughter-in-law, Eleanor of Aquitaine, led a rebellion against her own husband. Neither won the crown, but both ensured that the dynasty would continue.

Starring: Helen Castor.
US TV RATING: TV-14