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Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes…

Elizabeth Woodville: Mother of the Princes in the Tower (2002)

by David Baldwin

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Despite liking one of David Baldwin's other books, I actually found this one really really tedious. It's just a procession of facts with precious little interpretation, and nothing I hadn't gleaned from mere chapters in books like Queens Consort (Lisa Hilton). Not really recommended unless you need a painstakingly in depth study of Elizabeth Woodville. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
An interesting and convincing account of the life of Elizabeth Woodville, who despite being a much reviled figure of the Wars of the Roses era, does not have a society dedicated to reassessing her life as does Richard III. The alleged rapaciousness of her and her family is simply not supported by the historical evidence. Worth a read, though in places it does rather read like a "life and times" rather than a biography, something the author says in the introduction to the book that he wishes to avoid, but which is more difficult to avoid in the case of most Medieval personages, whose personal lives are very often very or fairly closed books. The only slight downer is the sometimes quite lengthy extracts from contemporary sources which are not translated into more modern English and are quite difficult to read. ( )
  john257hopper | Jan 11, 2008 |
A historical character whose life no novelist would ever have dared to write. A woman whose contemporaries portrayed her as a sorceress, an enchantress, an unprincipled advancer of the family fortunes and as a plucky but pitiful queen in Shakespeare's histories, demands the attention of all who are interested in medieval and royal history.
  antimuzak | Sep 2, 2006 |
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This is the first new account of Elizabeth's life for over fifty years and David Baldwin sets out to reveal the true story of this complex and intriguing woman. Hers was certainly a dramatic life with dizzying reversals of fortune; from poverty in 1461 to queenship in 1464, followed by deposition, restoration, and conflicts with Richard III and Henry VII before spending her final years in religious seclusion. There is also the issue of her two sons, the infamous 'Princes in the Tower', and the controversy surrounding their disappearance.

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