Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville : A True Romance Hardback
by Amy Licence
When the tall, athletic Edward of York seized the English throne in 1461, he could have chosen any bride he wanted.
With his dazzling looks and royal descent, the nineteen-year-old quickly got a reputation for womanising, with few able to resist his charm and promises.
For three years he had a succession of mistresses, mostly among the married women and widows of his court, while foreign princesses were lined up to be considered as his queen.
Then he fell in love. The woman who captured the king was a widow, five years his elder.
While her contemporaries and later historians have been divided over her character, none have denied the extent of her blonde beauty.
Elizabeth Wydeville had previously been married to a Lancastrian knight, who had lost his life fighting against the Yorkists.
When she tried to petition the king to help restore her son's inheritance, reputedly waiting for him under an oak tree, the young Edward was immediately spellbound.
But this did not prove to be just another fling. Conscious of her honour and her future, Elizabeth repelled his advances.
His answer was to make her his wife. It was to prove an unpopular decision. Since then Edward's queen has attracted extreme reactions, her story and connections reported by hostile chroniclers, her actions interpreted in the bleakest of lights.
It is time for a reassessment of the tumultuous life of the real White Queen and her husband.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 304 pages, 40
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Publication Date: 11/02/2016
- Category: British & Irish history
- ISBN: 9781445636788