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.
Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville's all kisses (The White Queen)
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.
Did Elizabeth Woodville, England’s ‘White Queen,’ Die of the Plague?
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.
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. A woman of great beauty, she was already a widow with two sons when Edward IV married her in May The match was repugnant to the ruling nobility of the House of York because she was a daughter of the Lancastrians, the traditional enemies of the Yorkists, and because she was not of royal rank. Her penchant for procuring high offices and titles of nobility for her relatives increased her widespread unpopularity.
Elizabeth Woodville's surprise marriage to Edward IV kept his advisors from arranging a marriage to connect Edward to a powerful family. Instead, Elizabeth Woodville's rise led to her family gaining many favors. She herself was descended on the paternal side from a less powerful family among the nobility. Follow the connections of Elizabeth Woodville's family on the following pages. She died on June 8,
HOWL - Elizabeth Woodville & Edward IV
He was the first Yorkist king. As a child, he grew up during the early phases of the Wars of the Roses , with his father Richard, 3rd Duke of York claiming to be the rightful heir to the throne in opposition to Henry VI. Richard had multiple times been offered, and later denied, the throne. A series of Yorkist military victories led, in , to the Act of Accord , in which Henry VI disinherited his own son Edward of Westminster and recognized Richard as his heir. The war continued, however, under the leadership of Henry VI's wife Margaret of Anjou , and only a few weeks later Richard was killed in battle, his claims to the throne devolving to his own son Edward. After a series of Yorkist victories over the Lancastrians, Edward proclaimed himself king in March, , traveled to London, and had himself crowned. While many leading families still supported Henry VI, Edward was able to gain the throne and maintain control of it through the patronage of the Neville family , primarily Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick , who was known to history as "The Kingmaker" for his role in bringing Edward to the throne.