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This book tells the story of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England's Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the 118-year Tudor dynasty. Best known as the mother of Henry VIII and grandmother of Elizabeth I, this Queen Elizabeth contributed far beyond the act of giving birth to future monarchs. Her marriage to Henry VII unified the feuding houses of Lancaster and York, and her popularity with the people helped her husband survive rebellions that plagued his first decade of rule. In this illuminating biography, Arlene Naylor Okerlund offers an engaging portrait of a queen whose gracious manners and large family created a warm, convivial court, and whose love for music, literature, and architecture heralded and even helped to inspire England's Renaissance.
About the Author
Arlene Naylor Okerlund is Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San José State University in California. Her earlier biography Elizabeth Wydeville: The Slandered Queen is now available in paperback as Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen. Her biography of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Elizabeth Wydeville and mother of Henry VIII, continues the story of England’s royal court at the beginning of the Renaissance. At San José State University, she served six years as Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts, and seven years as Academic Vice President. In retirement, she teaches with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and continues her research in medieval and Renaissance studies. The author of scholarly articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Donne, and Dryden, she also writes for popular audiences, including the newsletter of the Peninsula Banjo Band with which she plays tenor banjo.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations ix
Genealogical Charts and Tables xiii
1 The Gracious Queen: Beginnings 1
2 Youth and Tragedy 9
3 The Lady Princess Deposed 21
4 Restored to Court 33
5 Marriage to a King 41
6 Birth of a Prince 55
7 Rebellion in the Realm 65
8 The Crowning of a Queen 75
9 "My Lady the King's Mother" 89
10 Life with Henry 99
11 The Royal Family 109
12 Festivals and Challenges 119
13 The Person Behind the Persona 135
14 A Princess Arrives in England 153
15 A Royal Wedding 165
16 Euphoria Turns Tragic 181
17 The Queen's Last Year 187
18 Death of a Queen 201
19 Legacy 213