Elizabeth : England's Slandered Queen, Paperback Book

Elizabeth : England's Slandered Queen Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Biography: royalty
  • ISBN: 9780752438078



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Useful as being the first modern full-scale biography of Elizabeth Woodville (Wydeville) wife of King Edward IV of England, but distorted by a bias in her favor at least as strong as the bias against her in some other writers.It is probably fair to say that she and her kinfolk were no more greedy for profit and power than most of the their rivals, but it is hard to believe they were less so. Okerlund emphasizes Anthony Woodville's learning and piety and downplays the fact that his position in charge of Prince Edward (briefly Edward V) would have given him total control of the next king of England if Richard Duke of Gloucester (later RIchard III) had not intervened. This is not to defend Gloucester (who was also less noble than his partisans insist) but simply to say it was a power struggle with no saints on either side. The writer also has an irritating habit of referring to earls as "Earl Warwick" etc. instead of "the Earl of Warwick" also she transcribes "regina" as "regia" , Vitellius as Vitellis, and translates vicecomitis/vicomtes as 'viscounts" instead of "sheriffs." as it in fact would mean in that context.

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