Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen

Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen


By (author) Amy Licence

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 238mm x 28mm | 520g
  • Publication date: 30 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 1445609614
  • ISBN 13: 9781445609614
  • Illustrations note: 50 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 347,593

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As Tudors go, Elizabeth of York is relatively unknown. Yet through her marriage to Henry VII she became the mother of the dynasty, with her children including a King of England (Henry VIII) and Queens of Scotland (Margaret) and France (Mary Rose), and her direct descendants including three Tudor monarchs, two executed queens and, ultimately, the Stuart royal family. Although her offspring took England into the early modern world, Elizabeth's upbringing was rooted firmly in the medieval world, with its courtly and religious rituals and expectations of women. The pivotal moment was 1485. Before then, her future was uncertain amid the turbulent Wars of the Roses, Elizabeth being promised first to one man and then another, and witnessing the humiliation and murder of her family. Surviving the bloodbath of the reign of her uncle, Richard III, she slipped easily into the roles of devoted wife and queen to Henry VII and mother to his children, and has been venerated ever since for her docility and beauty. Yet was she as placid as history has suggested? In fact, she may have been a deeply cultured and intelligent survivor who learnt to walk a difficult path through the twists and turns of fortune. Perhaps she was more of a modern woman than historians have given her credit for.

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Author information

AMY LICENCE has been a teacher for over a decade. She has an MA in Medieval and Tudor Studies and has published several scholarly articles on the Tudors. She is the author of In Bed W ith the Tudors: The Sex Lives of a Dynasty from Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I ('A fascinating book examining the sex lives of the Tudors in unprecedented detail' THE DAILY EXPRESS), also published by Amberley. She lives in Canterbury.