Elizabeth of York

Elizabeth of York

A Tudor Queen and Her World

Book - 2013
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A biography of the first Tudor queen, who was the only living descendent of Yorkist King Edward IV, and mother of the infamous Henry VIII, sheds new light on the life of this enigmatic woman and mother of the Tudor dynasty.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2013
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780345521361
Characteristics: xxxiv, 572 p. : ill. ; 25 cm


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Mar 28, 2019

I waited for months to read this biography and literally jumped for joy when I finally got my hands on it. I wasn't disappointed with it one bit.

I've long had my differing opinions about some of Weir's assertions in her books, but I eventually came to the conclusion to agree to disagree on most of those points. None of that kept me from enjoying this book immensely.

Elizabeth of York has long been overshadowed by not just the men of her era, but by the women as well. Her mother (Elizabeth Woodville), her mother-in-law (Margaret Beaufort), and certainly the wives of her second son have all garnered quite a bit of attention in this modern age. Elizabeth herself, however, seems to have been left to rest among the assumptions and beliefs that have passed down through the decades - that she lived quietly and exerted no influence at all throughout her life. Weir now throws a spotlight on the real mother of the Tudor dynasty, positing that, contrary to popular belief, Elizabeth of York did not spend her life as a powerless pawn in the hands of one chess master after another, but rather exerted her own brand of influence and even intrigued to bring the Tudors to power.

I flat out loved this book, and recommend it to anyone who wants to read more about the changing of the guard from the Plantagenets to the Tudors, but also wants to know more about the Tudors beyond Henry VIII and his notorious marital career. Definitely worth every bit of effort to read.


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