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Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King
Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his
daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the
life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henryâ€™s
mother and Elizabethâ€™s grandmother, spanned one of Englandâ€™s
most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times
bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir
presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary
woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the
survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.
Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as
that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV,
Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty.
But after the death of her father; the disappearance and
probable murder of her brothersâ€”the Princes in the Tower;
and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle
Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down:
She and her siblings were declared bastards.
As Richardâ€™s wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were
murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth,
knowing that most people believed her to be Englandâ€™s
rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabethâ€™s possible role in
this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled
pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and
was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of
Tudor. Elizabethâ€™s subsequent marriage to Henry united the
houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the
Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted
that, as queen, she was kept under Henryâ€™s firm grasp, but
Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consortâ€”pious
and generousâ€”who enjoyed the confidence of her husband,
exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered
by her son, the future King Henry VIII.
Drawing from a rich trove of historical records, Weir gives
a long overdue and much-deserved look at this unforgettable
princess whose line descends to todayâ€™s British monarchâ€”a
woman who overcame tragedy and danger to become one of
Englandâ€™s most beloved consorts.
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