Did elizabeth of york love richard iii

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◀ The Scarlet Rose- Elizabeth of York Richard III

She married Henry after being detained by him in following the latter's victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field , which started the last phase of the Wars of the Roses. Together, Elizabeth and Henry had eight children. Although the act of Parliament Titulus Regius declared the marriage of her parents, Edward and Elizabeth Woodville , invalid, she and her sisters were subsequently welcomed back to court by Edward's brother, King Richard III.

The Death of Elizabeth of York

When the Starz series The White Princess premieres on Sunday night, lovers of costume drama will find themselves caught up in the life of Elizabeth of York, a woman who was perhaps best known as the mother of Henry VIII. Many say that George R. Martin based Game of Thrones on the real-life Wars of the Roses in medieval times, and that war was one of blood and betrayal as the two houses, York and Lancaster, fought for the throne. Everyone agrees: Elizabeth was ravishing. Which is not surprising, considering her gene pool. The Plantagenet princess was the oldest child of King Edward IV the head of the House of York and Elizabeth Woodville, both of them famed for their good looks and sexual charisma.

It is highly, highly unlikely that he did given that by the standards of the time Henry VII and Elizabeth of York had an affectionate and loving marriage. As another blogger has said far more eloquently than I could have;. To accuse Richard III of defiling his own niece or Henry Tudor of raping his betrothed needs to be considered only with the contempt it deserves. When Elizabeth of York, the eldest child of King Edward IV, was five, the man who would become her husband was already heading into exile because her father had regained his throne. Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond or not depending on which colour rose sat on the throne feared execution by the Yorkist king and so spent fourteen years in Brittany eluding him. Although Edward IV made some attempts to have him returned and executed, he also at one point drafted a pardon for him and was prepared to invite him back to England. There, the Yorkist Edward would have reconciled with the Lancastrian Henry and the possibility of marriage between Elizabeth and Henry was considered as a means to unite the warring houses.

Westminster Abbey – 1484

We don't know if they were having a fully active affair but we know that there was so much gossip about their relationship that there were rumours that Richard had poisoned his wife Anne, who died suddenly. A letter now lost was recorded by the historian George Buck from Elizabeth of York to the Duke of Norfolk which seems to suggest that she was hoping that the Duke would promote the marriage as she was 'his heart and soul and all'. After the death of his wife Richard was persuaded to publicly announce that he had no intention of marrying his niece Elizabeth - which of course, suggests that this was widely believed. There were no laws against incest as we have them now, and no anxiety about in-breeding. A dispensation for an uncle and niece could have been granted by the Pope and this would not have been regarded as too problematic. If Richard did not kill the princes in the Tower then Elizabeth's possible love for him is more understandable, given their closeness in age and intimacy at court. His attraction to her might have been based on her famous beauty or perhaps that a connection with her would satisfy the Woodvilles and the party for the princes - splitting them off from the Tudor rebels.

So what? It seemed extraordinary that out of all men, Elizabeth would fall for someone who had ousted her family out of their rightful place. The speculation of their incestuous relationship actually dates back a long way — to their very own time. Twelve doctors of divinity were also summoned by Parliament to put forward their objections and Richard then publicly denied the accusation. The negotiations came to a sudden halt with the news of the Battle of Bosworth.


  1. Fragvigeaden1954 says:

    Many myths persist about the last Plantagenet king, whose remains were discovered beneath a Leicester car park in These comprise Edward of Westminster (putative son of King Henry VI); Henry VI himself; George, Duke of Clarence; Earl Rivers; Richard Grey and Thomas Vaughan.

  2. Lenrepifi1962 says:

    Elizabeth of York (11 February – 11 February ) was the first queen consort of . It was rumoured that Richard III intended to marry Elizabeth of York because his Elizabeth of York did not exercise much political influence as queen due to . than Henry Tudor, but eventually grows to love and care for her husband.

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