Elizabeth : England's Slandered Queen

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Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort to Edward IV, has traditionally been portrayed as a scheming opportunist. But was she a cunning vixen or a tragic wife and mother? As this extraordinary biography shows, the first queen to bear the name Elizabeth lived a tragedy, love, and loss that no other queen has since endured. This shocking revelation about the survival of one woman through vilification and adversity shows Elizabeth as a beautiful and adored wife, distraught mother of the two lost Princes in the Tower, and an innocent queen slandered by politicians.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 124 x 194 x 28mm | 340.2g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752438077
  • 9780752438078
  • 422,223

About Arlene Okerlund

Arlene Okerlund, Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San Jose State University in California. The author of scholarly articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Donne, and Dryden, Professor Okerlund also writes for popular audiences, including the newsletter of the Peninsula Banjo Band with which she plays tenor banjo."show more

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438 ratings
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This is one truly magnificent biography, and it's a shame the case for the defence of poor old Elizabeth Wydeville had to wait until more than 500 years after her death for a proper hearing. Some reviews have criticised this book for supposedly whitewashing her, but I don't agree with that at all. A case in point: Okerlund shows that the Neville Earls of Salisbury and Warwick, who accused Elizabeth of being a rapacious upstart who was busy acquiring property and heiresses for her greedy relations, were from a similarly â?~upstart' family, and had both gained their own titles through their wives. The Nevilles are certainly shown to have been in no position to throw stones. Okerlund also makes the interesting point that Elizabeth's brother Anthony's marriage to a wealthy heiress came before, not after, her marriage to Edward IV - and was therefore not the result of any influence on her part. Far from being money-grubbing social climbers, the Wydevilles were already prominent - no doubt helped by the fact that their mother, Jacquetta of Luxumbourg, had been married to Henry V's brother the Duke of Bedford as her first husband. This sort of let's-set-the-record-straight clarification of the real facts about Elizabeth Wydeville and her family is not whitewashing!show more
by Judith Loriente
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