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Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

Alison Weir


9780345521361

Ballantine Books


Biography: historical, political & military;
Biography: royalty;
History;
British & Irish history;
Gender studies: women


Hardback

572 pages

$54.95
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NEW YORK TIMES  BESTSELLER 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, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England's most dramatic and perilous periods. Now 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 brothers 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 Richard'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 England's rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth'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. Elizabeth's subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signalled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry's firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort pious and generous 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 today's British monarch a woman who overcame tragedy and danger to become one of England's most beloved consorts.

By:   Alison Weir
Imprint:   Ballantine Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 241mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 38mm
Weight:   966g
ISBN:   9780345521361
ISBN 10:   0345521366
Pages:   572
Publication Date:   December 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Alison Weir is the New York Times bestselling author of several historical biographies, including Mary Boleyn, The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, and The Six Wives of Henry VIII, and the novels A Dangerous Inheritance, Captive Queen, The Lady Elizabeth, and Innocent Traitor. She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband.


Praise for Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn, named one of the Best Books of the Year by The Chicago Tribune <br> <br> This nuanced, smart, and assertive biography reclaims the life of a Tudor matriarch. -- Publishers Weekly <br> <br> Weir has achieved the enviable skill of blending the necessary forensic and analytical tasks of academia with the passionate engagement that avocational history lovers crave. --Bookreporter<br> <br> Top-notch . . . This book further proves that [Weir] is a historian of the highest caliber. --Washington Independent Review of Books<br> <br> A refreshing change from recent books on the subject . . . If you want to learn more about this often-maligned woman of the sixteenth century, this is a must-read. -- The Free Lance-Star <br> <br> Weir's research is always first-rate and her narratives accessible. In her latest book, the author has to navigate the historical minefields of gossip, fiction, and conjecture to finally get at the truth. -- Tucson Citizen <br> <br> Engaging . . . Weir matches her usual professional skills in research and interpretation to her customary, felicitous style. -- Booklist

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