King Edward IV of England. Considered quite handsome in his day.He was the son of Richard, Duke of York, by Cicely Neville. A ladies man and fond of pleasure, he married the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, the first English monarch to marry a commoner since before 1066. He died on 9 April 1483 of natural causes.

King Edward IV of England. Considered quite handsome in his day.He was the son of Richard, Duke of York, by Cicely Neville. A ladies man and fond of pleasure, he married the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, the first English monarch to marry a commoner since before 1066. He died on 9 April 1483 of natural causes.

Elizabeth Woodville, Wife of King Edward IV of England. Not Tudor, but instrumental in the War of the Roses which led to the Tudor dynasty.

Elizabeth Woodville, Wife of King Edward IV of England. Not Tudor, but instrumental in the War of the Roses which led to the Tudor dynasty.

Edward IV set these Suns in Splendor into the vaulted roof of Tewkesbury Abbey following his victory in 1471.

Edward IV set these Suns in Splendor into the vaulted roof of Tewkesbury Abbey following his victory in 1471.

The chapel where Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville were married.| Church of St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The chapel where Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville were married.| Church of St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

On this day 28th June, 1461, Edward IV,  was crowned King of England.  He was the first Yorkist King and the first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses.  Father of Elizabeth of York, maternal grandfather of Henry VIII, Arthur, Margaret, and Mary Tudor

On this day 28th June, 1461, Edward IV, was crowned King of England. He was the first Yorkist King and the first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses. Father of Elizabeth of York, maternal grandfather of Henry VIII, Arthur, Margaret, and Mary Tudor

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, 1st Earl of Salisbury, 1st Earl of Warwick was the third son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, and the brother of kings Edward IV and Richard III. He played an important role in the dynastic struggle between rival factions of the Plantagenets known as the Wars of the Roses.

George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence, 1st Earl of Salisbury, 1st Earl of Warwick was the third son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, and the brother of kings Edward IV and Richard III. He played an important role in the dynastic struggle between rival factions of the Plantagenets known as the Wars of the Roses.

Detail of painting, Edward IV and his queen Elizabeth Woodville at Reading Abbey 1464.

Detail of painting, Edward IV and his queen Elizabeth Woodville at Reading Abbey 1464.

The stairs in the White Tower at the Tower of London where the bones of two boys were found by workmen in 1697 that have long been suspected to be the sons of King Edward IV and his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville.

The stairs in the White Tower at the Tower of London where the bones of two boys were found by workmen in 1697 that have long been suspected to be the sons of King Edward IV and his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville.

Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.

What Really Happened to the Princes in the Tower?

Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.

Edward IV (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was King of England from 4 March 1461 until 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death in 1483. He was the first Yorkist King of England.The first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses, but he overcame the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Tewkesbury in 1471 to reign in peace until his sudden death.

Edward IV (28 April 1442 – 9 April 1483) was King of England from 4 March 1461 until 3 October 1470, and again from 11 April 1471 until his death in 1483. He was the first Yorkist King of England.The first half of his rule was marred by the violence associated with the Wars of the Roses, but he overcame the Lancastrian challenge to the throne at Tewkesbury in 1471 to reign in peace until his sudden death.

When Edward IV's tomb was discovered at Windsor Castle in 1789, many relics were removed. John Douglas, Dean of Windsor and Bishop of Carlisle, presented the Society with some of the finds. These included this lock of Edward's hair, a phial of liquid from the bottom of the coffin and wood from the adjacent Queen's coffin.

When Edward IV's tomb was discovered at Windsor Castle in 1789, many relics were removed. John Douglas, Dean of Windsor and Bishop of Carlisle, presented the Society with some of the finds. These included this lock of Edward's hair, a phial of liquid from the bottom of the coffin and wood from the adjacent Queen's coffin.

The Marriage of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

The Marriage of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

A legendary beauty, Elizabeth Woodville was the first child of Sir Richard Woodville (later the first Earl Rivers) and Jaquetta of Luxembourg. She was a maid of honour to Margaret of Anjou. Her first marriage was to Sir John Grey of Groby (died in battle 1461). She secretly married King Edward IV of England in April 1464, and was crowned Queen in May 1465. My 15th great grandmother.

Where the Tudor Red-Gold Hair came from

A legendary beauty, Elizabeth Woodville was the first child of Sir Richard Woodville (later the first Earl Rivers) and Jaquetta of Luxembourg. She was a maid of honour to Margaret of Anjou. Her first marriage was to Sir John Grey of Groby (died in battle 1461). She secretly married King Edward IV of England in April 1464, and was crowned Queen in May 1465. My 15th great grandmother.

The Daughters of Edward IV - Catherine of York - The five daughters of King Edward IV (1461–1483) and Elizabeth Woodville, (left to right): Elizabeth, Cecily, Anne, Catherine, and Mary, all "Princesses of York". Royal Window, Northwest Transept, Canterbury Cathedral

The Daughters of Edward IV - Catherine of York - The five daughters of King Edward IV (1461–1483) and Elizabeth Woodville, (left to right): Elizabeth, Cecily, Anne, Catherine, and Mary, all "Princesses of York". Royal Window, Northwest Transept, Canterbury Cathedral

Elizabeth Woodville: Marriage to Edward IV.And then she met Edward. The story goes that Elizabeth heard he was in the neighborhood near her castle at Grafton, so she waited for him beneath a tree now known in Northamptonshire as “the queen’s oak,” with her two sons. When he arrived she begged him to restore their lands and he was love-struck. Of course, Edward, the playboy that he was, did not actually want to marry Elizabeth and she did not want to settle for anything less. Playing hard ...

Elizabeth Woodville: Marriage to Edward IV.And then she met Edward. The story goes that Elizabeth heard he was in the neighborhood near her castle at Grafton, so she waited for him beneath a tree now known in Northamptonshire as “the queen’s oak,” with her two sons. When he arrived she begged him to restore their lands and he was love-struck. Of course, Edward, the playboy that he was, did not actually want to marry Elizabeth and she did not want to settle for anything less. Playing hard ...

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