Elizabeth Widville, Lady Grey: Edward IV's Chief Mistress and the 'Pink Queen'

Elizabeth Widville, Lady Grey: Edward IV's Chief Mistress and the 'Pink Queen'

by John Ashdown-Hill

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Wife to Edward IV and mother to the Princes in the Tower and later Queen Elizabeth of York, Elizabeth Widville was a central figure during the War of the Roses. Much of her life is shrouded in speculation and myth – even her name, commonly spelled as ‘Woodville’, is a hotly contested issue.

Born in the turbulent fifteenth century, she was famed for her beauty and controversial second marriage to Edward IV, who she married just three years after he had displaced the Lancastrian Henry VI and claimed the English throne. As Queen Consort, Elizabeth’s rise from commoner to royalty continues to capture modern imagination. Undoubtedly, it enriched the position of her family. Her elevated position and influence invoked hostility from Richard Neville, the ‘Kingmaker’, which later led to open discord and rebellion.

Throughout her life and even after the death of her husband, Elizabeth remained politically influential: briefly proclaiming her son King Edward V of England before he was deposed by her brother-in-law, the infamous Richard III, she would later play an important role in securing the succession of Henry Tudor in 1485 and his marriage to her daughter Elizabeth of York, thus and ending the War of the Roses.

Elizabeth Widville was an endlessly enigmatic historical figure, who has been obscured by dramatizations and misconceptions. In this fascinating and insightful biography, Dr John Ashdown-Hill brings shines a light on the truth of her life.

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ISBN-13: 9781526745026
Publisher: Pen and Sword History
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 641,163
File size: 47 MB
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About the Author

Dr John Ashdown-Hill is a well-known medieval historian, having published extensively on a variety of topics within that period but focussing mainly on the Yorkist era. He is best-known for his pivotal role in uncovering the burial place of King Richard III for and for tracing collateral female-line descendants of Richard’s elder sister to establish his mtDNA haplogroup, which matched the mtDNA of the bones found in the Leicester car park. He continues to write about this period of history, and in 2015 he was awarded an MBE ‘for services to historical research and the exhumation and identification of Richard III’.

Table of Contents

Introduction - problems in this story vii

Chapter 1 Imperial Ancestry 1

Chapter 2 Descended from a Water-Fay? 6

Chapter 3 Anglo-Norman Ancestry? 9

Chapter 4 Born in France? 12

Chapter 5 Brought up in England 19

Chapter 6 Married to Sir John Grey 23

Chapter 7 Relationship with Edward IV 25

Chapter 8 Married to the King? 41

Chapter 9 Crowned as Queen 52

Chapter 10 Learning the Truth 65

Chapter 11 Dealing with the first Problems 77

Chapter 12 Losing the first Relatives 90

Chapter 13 The first Crown Loss 108

Chapter 14 Dealing with more problems 116

Chapter 15 Losing Edward IV 138

Chapter 16 Losing more relatives 151

Chapter 17 The second Crown Loss 159

Chapter 18 The Queen's Mother 167

Chapter 19 Religious Life? 184

Chapter 20 Death and burial 187

Chapter 21 Descendants 196

Conclusion 199

Notes 203

Bibliography 225

Index 232

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