Elizabeth Of York by Alison WeirElizabeth Of York by Alison Weir

Elizabeth Of York

byAlison Weir

Paperback | September 9, 2014

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Britain's foremost female historian reveals the true story of this key figure in the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor dynasty who began life a princess, spent her youth as a bastard fugitive, but who finally married the first Tudor king and was the mother of Henry VIII.
     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.
ALISON WEIR is the best-selling female historian since records began and the third biggest selling historian in Britain. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England, Ka...
Title:Elizabeth Of YorkFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 7.77 × 5.04 × 1.44 inPublished:September 9, 2014Publisher:Random House UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0099546477

ISBN - 13:9780099546474

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting but overall disappointing I was so excited when I heard that Alison Weir was writing a book on Elizabeth of York. I have always been fascinated with her mother's story (she was the consort of Edward IV) and I had always felt that the history books skimmed over Elizabeth's life. She is mostly overshadowed by he mother-in-law Margaret Beaufort, who ruled he son Henry VII's court with the same devotion she demonstrated in her nearly 20 year campaign to make him king. Margaret even took over the Queen's chambers so that she could stay adjoining rooms with her son in so that they could meet on State matters and decide policy at all hours of the day. However, I was a little disappointed in Weir's book. I felt that a lot of Elizabeth's life was glossed over, while too much focus was put on her husband, Henry VII. I was particularly disappointed in her lack of discussion about Elizabeth's brothers, the princes in the tower. While I understand the Weir wrote another book devoted to their disappearance [book:The Princes in the Tower|957057] (my all time favourite historical book, I highly recommend it) I am still interested in how this would have effected Elizabeth and if she considered her husband or her Uncle (Richard III) responsible for their murder. The matter must certainly have had a great impact on her life, especially since during her life 2 pretenders came forwards claiming to be her youngest brother Richard. I would also have loved to have heard more about her relationship with her cousin Margaret of Clarence. However, I did appreciate Weir's in depth discussion of Elizabeth's relationship with her uncle, Richard III. It has long been speculated that has Richard not been killed in the Battle of Bosworth they would have been married and even that they had a sexual relationship. Weir does not shy away from the search for evidence and goes to great lengths to extract the truth from the Tudor propaganda designed to besmirch Richard III's reputation. This includes a throughly detailed examination of a copy of a letter written by Elizabeth herself. The answer that she arrives at is both conclusive and well supported by the evidence. All in all, it is a well researched book and while some chapters are very compelling, but it still left me with many unanswered questions about Elizabeth of York.
Date published: 2016-11-22

Editorial Reviews

• "The compelling drama of Elizabeth's life, the traumatic perils she faced as a young woman, the murder of her brothers by Richard III and the later mystery of Perkin Warbeck, are richly presented." --Iain Finlayson, The Times