Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York

The First Tudor Queen

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"Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. The eldest daughter of Edward IV, at seventeen she was relegated from pampered princess to bastard fugitive, but the probable murders of her brothers, the Princes in the Tower, left Elizabeth heiress to the royal House of York, and in 1486, Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor, married her, thus uniting the red and white roses of Lancaster and York. Elizabeth is an enigma. She had schemed to marry Richard III, the man who had deposed and probably killed her brothers, and it is likely that she then intrigued to put Henry Tudor on the throne. Yet after marriage, a picture emerges of a model consort, mild, pious, generous and fruitful. It has been said that Elizabeth was distrusted and kept in subjection by Henry VII and her formidable mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort, but contemporary evidence shows that Elizabeth was, in fact, influential, and may have been involved at the highest level in one of the most controversial mysteries of the age. Alison Weir builds an intriguing portrait of this beloved queen, placing her in the context of the magnificent, ceremonious, often brutal, world she inhabited, and revealing the woman behind the myth, showing that differing historical perceptions of Elizabeth can be reconciled."--Publisher's description.
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780224097758
Branch Call Number: 942.051092 ELI 2013
Characteristics: xvi, 556 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : colour illustrations, colour portraits, genealogical table ; 25 cm


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Mar 10, 2014

Plenty of historical detail and an interesting run down of the personalities involved. Weir gives us as much of a look as possible into Elizabeth of York's life without making stuff up as you would be inclined to do as there is so little real documentation available.

ChristchurchLib Jan 22, 2014

"Elizabeth of York married Henry Tudor (Henry VII) in 1485 after years of factional struggle in the Wars of the Roses. This marriage helped Henry to establish a stable reign over England in place of violent political upheaval. Vividly depicting details of Elizabeth's life, biographer Alison Weir explains not only Elizabeth's significance in the line of royal succession, but also the value of her status as Henry's consort." Biography and Memoir January 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/f258d59c-5047-4e99-84b0-f4d1d04ff18e?postId=84e6a621-a5ec-40c1-a752-d42f6fa838f2

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