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Book Review: Elizabeth Of York: The First Tudor Queen

Elizabeth Of York: The First Tudor Queen by Alison Weir
From the author of ‘The Six Wives Of Henry VIII’, ‘Eleanor of Aquitaine’, ‘Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley’ and ‘The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn’ comes this biography of Elizabeth of York. She was the first born child of the hell raising Edward IV and his septic snob wife Elizabeth Wydville, she would see her brothers murdered by her usurping uncle Richard III and be the subject of whispers of an incestuous marriage to him. She would marry the intemperate conquering King Henry VIII the founder of the Tudor dynasty. Despite all odds they found parity, brought together the rival houses of York and Lancaster but would in time be overshadowed by their son Henry VIII and grandchildren Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.

This is a good biography of one of the last Plantagenets; she lived through turbulent times that saw the end of one Royal dynasty and the rise of another. Though her personality and character are difficult to discern, there is far more to this beloved Queen Consort than first apparent.

Best Lines:
“Impute to him the death of the Queen.”

“Charged every person to cease of such untrue talking on peril of his indignation.”

“May be forever out of remembrance and forgot.”

“Perfidious Dark Earl.”
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