Three fascinating case studies from the frankish Princess to Lady Brilliana Harley. Women who have had to develop utterly unorthodox familial relations in order to survive.
"This was expert documentary making. Bettany Hughes gave a real feeling of place. Fascinating."
Miranda Sawyer in the Observer
"This fine programme opens with the words of a mother, as Bettany Hughes says, they could have been written yesterday. Opens a door into the past."
Gillian Reynolds, Choice The Telegraph
"My Burning Watchful heart' - Bettany Hughes tells the touching story of mother love in Forbidden Familes"
Pick of The Day Guardian
"The second of Bettany Hughes fascinating series tells the story, as Hughes puts it, of a 'gabby attitudinal woman' many years before her time."
Tim Adams in the Observer
"Classy stuff...crisp, lively, absorbing....rich in explanation and revelatory"
"Bettany Hughes continues her excellent series on history's ignored heroic women."