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Elizabeth Woodville

(c. 1437—1492) queen of England, consort of Edward IV.


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(c. 1437–92),

queen of Edward IV. Elizabeth was a widow with two children when she married Edward IV secretly on 1 May 1464. She was the daughter of Earl Rivers. Almost certainly a love match, the unwise marriage to a woman considered beneath the king's dignity caused political tension, and later allowed Richard III to claim that their children were illegitimate. In truth she was far more sinned against than sinning, by both her unfaithful husband and ambitious brother‐in‐law. After Bosworth, although her daughter Elizabeth became queen, she was excluded from court and retired to Bermondsey abbey.

Subjects: British History.


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