Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780752468976
  • Publisher: The History Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 243,672
  • File size: 760 KB

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Genealogical Tables
Introduction
1 Elizabeth's Early Life 1
2 Elizabeth's First Years as Queen 23
3 Disaster and Recovery 39
4 A New Beginning 55
5 Elizabeth the Queen 70
6 The Last Years of King Edward 86
7 Elizabeth and Richard III 101
8 Elizabeth and Henry VII 118
9 Elizabeth's Reputation 138
Epilogue: A House of Queens 150
App. 1 Memorials of Queen Elizabeth and the Woodville Family 157
App. 2 The Woodvilles and Witchcraft 163
App. 3 Elizabeth Woodville's 'Diary' 168
App. 4 Elizabeth and Jocelyn of Hardwick 173
App. 5 Was John Gunthorpe, Elizabeth's Secretary, the Author of the 'Second Continuation' of the Croyland Chronicle? 176
App. 6 The Fate of the Princes in the Tower 182
App. 7 The End of the Hastings-Grey/Woodville Quarrel 188
Notes and References 197
Bibliography 226
Index 233
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    author did a good job with getting the facts together

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