The Woodvilles : The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family, Hardback

The Woodvilles : The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family Hardback

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In 1464, the most eligible bachelor in England, Edward IV, stunned the nation by revealing his secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, a beautiful, impoverished widow whose father and brother Edward himself had once ridiculed as upstarts.

Edward's controversial match brought his queen's large family to court and into the thick of the Wars of the Roses.

This is the story of the family whose fates would be inextricably intertwined with the fall of the Plantagenets and the rise of the Tudors: Richard, the squire whose marriage to a duchess would one day cost him his head; Jacquetta, mother to the queen and accused witch; Elizabeth, the commoner whose royal destiny would cost her three of her sons; Anthony, the scholar and jouster who was one of Richard III's first victims; and Edward, whose military exploits would win him the admiration of Ferdinand and Isabella.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780752488127



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A competent account of the entire Woodville, from the grandfather of Queen Elizabeth Woodville through her last surviving kin. It is explicitly intending to defend the family from the overwhelmingly negative views of earlier writers, especially the partisans of Richard III. Still, it is competently written and makes good use of recent research. I may be biased ecause t does discuss my artcle on the alleged use of mmagic by Elizabeth Woodville, though it rejects it. It is most useful less for the information on Queen Elizabeth herself as for the information on her kins, especially Anthony Lord Riviers, Lord Rchard , and Sir Edward Woodville (who fought in Spain for Ferdinand and Isabella and died fighting for the last autonomous duke of Brittany against the French)

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