Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

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Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.
 
Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers—the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards.
 
As Richard’s wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England’s rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth’s possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth’s subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry’s firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort—pious and generous—who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII.
 
Drawing from a rich trove of historical records, Weir gives a long overdue and much-deserved look at this unforgettable princess whose line descends to today’s British monarch—a woman who overcame tragedy and danger to become one of England’s most beloved consorts.

Title:Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780345521361
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    Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World Reviews

  • Misfit

    The most overused words to be found in an Alison Weir non-fiction book:"Possibly, might have been, maybe and could have been."Bah. The main problem with any non-fiction work on Elizabeth of York is th...

  • Sarah (Presto agitato)

    Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) is a woman who gets a little lost in history, overshadowed by her more flamboyant relatives. Her son, Henry VIII, surrounded himself with larger-than-life drama, while he...

  • Melisende

    What did I think - not much I am sorry to say. Although Weir is not my favourite author, I am prepared to put aside my dislike to read - and objectively - what she has written - and for the record I h...

  • Leah

    May or may not, that is the question...At what stage does biography become pointless? I would suggest that the answer to that question is when the historical record doesn't provide enough information ...

  • Orsolya

    It appears that as of late, there is a boost of interest in the reigns of Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII (which is certainly not a bad thing). This brings with it a curiosity in the lesser-disc...

  • Antigone

    She was the daughter of Edward IV, victor of the War of the Roses. She was sister to the young princes who vanished during their imprisonment in the Tower, and niece of Richard III, the man purported ...

  • Rebecca Huston

    There are times when I want to scream at an author Stop! Stop writing! Unfortunately, Alison Weir keeps churning out these Tudor biographies and novels, and this time she went too far even for me -- t...

  • Katie

    If you like conjecture, assumptions and unfounded generalizations, this is the book for you! When I heard that Alison Weir was writing a biography of Elizabeth of York, I was excited. At the same time...

  • Leanda Lisle

    Elizabeth of York was the first Tudor Queen and the dullest. But she had been a very different princess. As Alison Weir reminds us, her young life was filled with scandal and violence. When Elizabeth ...

  • Faith Justice

    I didn't rate this one because it's one of those books that will thrill some and bore others. Tudor junkies or those writing HF in this period, will find lots of great information about expenses, dres...