Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance by Amy LicenceWhen the tall, athletic Edward of York seized the English throne in 1461, he could have chosen any bride he wanted. With his dazzling looks and royal descent, the nineteen-year-old quickly got a reputation for womanising, with few able to resist his charm and promises. For three years he had a succession of mistresses, mostly among the married women and widows of his court, while foreign princesses were lined up to be considered as his queen. Then he fell in love. The woman who captured the king was a widow, five years his elder. While her contemporaries and later historians have been divided over her character, none have denied the extent of her blonde beauty. Elizabeth Wydeville had previously been married to a Lancastrian knight, who had lost his life fighting against the Yorkists. When she tried to petition the king to help restore her sons inheritance, reputedly waiting for him under an oak tree, the young Edward was immediately spellbound. But this did not prove to be just another fling. Conscious of her honour and her future, Elizabeth repelled his advances. His answer was to make her his wife. It was to prove an unpopular decision. Since then Edwards queen has attracted extreme reactions, her story and connections reported by hostile chroniclers, her actions interpreted in the bleakest of lights. It is time for a reassessment of the tumultuous life of the real White Queen and her husband.
King Edward IV of England 1442–1483
Through his scandalous marriage to unlikely queen Elizabeth Woodville, Edward IV defied the expectation that he should use such a union as a diplomatic tool and instead prioritised love — or perhaps lust. Henry VIII tends to be the monarch who gets frequently cited for breaking the royal marital mould by choosing his own wives from among his subjects. In particular, the narrative arcs of his relations with cousins Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard continue to fascinate, five centuries after his passion turned to hatred and he sent both of them to their deaths. However, Henry was only following the example set by Edward IV, the Yorkist grandfather whom he resembled in both looks and appetite. Edward may not have had as many wives as Henry, but his liaisons with women were just as complex and, perhaps, equally destructive on a national scale.
When Elizabeth Woodville died in , she was buried with little of the pomp and circumstance befitting a woman of her rank. Here, Elizabeth's arrival was met with silence rather than the typical tolling of bells. Based on context clues, records specialist Euan Roger tells Flood it seems likely that the queen in question was Elizabeth. This explanation makes sense in light of the fact that Elizabeth spent the last years of her life in relative isolation at Bermondsey Abbey. It also provides a reason for why she was buried immediately upon her arrival at Windsor instead of being laid out in the chapel for several days. Known to cause a cold sweat, fever, heart palpitations and dehydration, the sweat killed between 30 to 50 percent of those struck with the illness in just 3 to 18 hours.
Edward IV (28 April – 9 April ) was King of England from 4 March to 3 October .. The court of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville was described by a visitor from Europe as "the most splendid in all Christendom". Edward.
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Elizabeth Woodville bore Edward IV a total of 10 children, 7 of whom were girls and 3 of whom were boys. Her funeral was unremarkable and quick, lacking the typical ceremony accorded women of her rank, probably because of fear of contagion., Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
More than five centuries have passed since, and people might still wonder: what exactly happened with the two children of King Edward IV, who reigned England from until his sudden death in the spring of ? The two princes, both heirs to the English throne, vanished just months after their father passed away. One of the most popular theories, widely accepted among historians, has been that King Richard III, brother of Edward IV and uncle of the boys, was responsible for their death. He was never held accountable for such a wrongdoing, though many deemed he had just enough motives to proceed with an unthinkable crime. Edward V, the older of the two princes, at only 12 years of age, was declared King Edward V of England. His resolution to the ensuing conflict to control the young king was to ambush the group as they were traveling with to London Edward and his 9-year-old brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. Richard put forward his claim to the that the marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville was invalid, therefore the princes were illegitimate and as such could not take the throne.