Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower

Front Cover
The History Press, 26. aug 2011 - 240 pages
Elizabeth Woodville is undoubtedly a historical character whose life no novelist would ever have dared invent. She has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes and a plucky but pitiful queen in Shakespeare's histories. She has been alternatively championed and vilified by her contemporaries and five centuries of historians, dramatists and novelists, but what was she really life? In this revealing account of Elizabeth's life David Baldwin sets out to tell the story of this complex and intriguing woman. Was she the malign influence many of her critics held her to be? Was she a sorceress who bewitched Edward IV? What was the fate of her two sons, the 'Princes in the Tower'? What did she, of all people, think had become of them, and why did Richard III mount a campaign of vilification against her? David Baldwin traces Elizabeth's career and her influence on the major events of her husband Edward IV's reign, and in doing so he brings to life the personal and domestic politics of Yorkist England and the elaborate ritual of court life.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

Kasutaja arvustus  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

An interesting and convincing account of the life of Elizabeth Woodville, who despite being a much reviled figure of the Wars of the Roses era, does not have a society dedicated to reassessing her ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
Elizabeths First Years as Queen
Disaster and Recovery
A New Beginning
Elizabeth the Queen
The Last Years of King Edward
Elizabeth and Richard III
Elizabeth and Henry VII
Elizabeths Reputation
Epilogue A House of Queens
Memorials of Queen Elizabeth and
Elizabeth Woodvilles Diary
Elizabeth and Jocelyn of Hardwick
The End of the HastingsGreyWoodville
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2011)

David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. His historical research has focused on the great medieval families in the Midlands and he has contributed articles to historical journals and lectured regularly to societies and conferences in this field. He is the author of six books, The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, The Queen and the King's Mother, The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York, Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked, Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses, and The Kingmaker's Sisters. He lives in Leicester.

Bibliographic information