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.

Burial: St George's Chapel Windsor Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Berkshire, England Plot: Altar

Burial: St George's Chapel Windsor Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Berkshire, England Plot: Altar

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV, mother of Elizabeth of York, and maternal grandmother of Henry VII close to end of war of the roses, mother of the 2 princes in the tower

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV, mother of Elizabeth of York, and maternal grandmother of Henry VII close to end of war of the roses, mother of the 2 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.

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.

One of two surviving crowns of this period. This belonged to Princess Margaret, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

One of two surviving crowns of this period. This belonged to Princess Margaret, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

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 ...

Melusina, the river goddess, bloodline of Jacquetta and Elizabeth Woodville whom which their magical powers came from

Melusina, the river goddess, bloodline of Jacquetta and Elizabeth Woodville whom which their magical powers came from

16th century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

16th century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

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!

Family tree of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. Their daughter, Elizabeth of York, was Henry VIII's mother. Woodville was also mother to the famous "Princes in the Tower," both of whom are widely believed to have been murdered by their uncle, Richard III, so that they could never inherit the throne. Richard III was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry VI (Henry VIII's father), thus ending the Plantaganent dynasty and spawning the Tudor dynasty.

Family tree of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. Their daughter, Elizabeth of York, was Henry VIII's mother. Woodville was also mother to the famous "Princes in the Tower," both of whom are widely believed to have been murdered by their uncle, Richard III, so that they could never inherit the throne. Richard III was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry VI (Henry VIII's father), thus ending the Plantaganent dynasty and spawning the Tudor dynasty.

Why did Henry VII bury his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville, quietly upon her death in 1492? For the same reason she was retired to a convent during the earlier Lambert Simnel crises - she was a reminder of the past glories of the house of York. More from Leanda de Lisle: http://blog.leandadelisle.com/post/97166303006/why-did-henry-vii-bury-elizabeth-woodville-quietly

Why did Henry VII bury his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville, quietly upon her death in 1492? For the same reason she was retired to a convent during the earlier Lambert Simnel crises - she was a reminder of the past glories of the house of York. More from Leanda de Lisle: http://blog.leandadelisle.com/post/97166303006/why-did-henry-vii-bury-elizabeth-woodville-quietly

The Queen's Oak, Potterspury, (early 20th century). Where Elizabeth Woodville encountered the king.

The Queen's Oak, Potterspury, (early 20th century). Where Elizabeth Woodville encountered the king.

Jaquetta of Luxemburg, Jaquetta Woodville mother of the "White Queen." nee Elizabeth Woodville or Wydville.  She married 1stly John, Duke of Bedford, third son of Henry IV, but had no issue.  She then married one of her husband's attendants - a mesalliance by any standards - and retained her position at court (as a widowed aunt of Henry VI) along with her wealth.  She used her eldest daughter's second marriage to Edward IV (from the rival branch) to marry off her sons and daughters well.

Jaquetta of Luxemburg, Jaquetta Woodville mother of the "White Queen." nee Elizabeth Woodville or Wydville. She married 1stly John, Duke of Bedford, third son of Henry IV, but had no issue. She then married one of her husband's attendants - a mesalliance by any standards - and retained her position at court (as a widowed aunt of Henry VI) along with her wealth. She used her eldest daughter's second marriage to Edward IV (from the rival branch) to marry off her sons and daughters well.

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