Elizabeth of York Fact Sheet: Who was Elizabeth of York? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Elizabeth of York.
Elizabeth of York Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1466 - 1503 *** Full Name: Elizabeth of York *** Occupation: Queen Consort of England *** Date of Birth: Elizabeth of York was born on February 11th 1466 *** Place of Birth: Elizabeth of York was born in Westminster Palace, London, England *** Family background: Her father was Edward IV of England and her mother was Elizabeth Woodville, her mother had previously been married and widowed with two small boys and her own parents had ten children *** Early life and childhood: She grew up two older half-brothers, Thomas and Richard Grey, her own siblings were Mary of York, Cecily of York, Edward V of England, Margaret of York, Richard, Duke of York, Anne of York, George, Duke of Bedford who sadly died at two years of age, Catherine of York and Bridget of York *** Education: Elizabeth of York as a noble, would have been taught to read and write, basic math skills in order to run a household, to dance and ride ***
Elizabeth of York Fact 1: Elizabeth of York was born on February 11th 1466 and during the 15th century period in history when described as the late middle ages to early Renaissance and early modern period.
Elizabeth of York Fact 3: In April of 1843 Elizabeth’s father died unexpectedly making Elizabeth’s younger brother Edward V become King. However, on his way to London from Wales to be crowned he was seized and instead was taken to the Tower of London, allegedly for his protection.
Elizabeth of York Fact 4: Richard, Duke of Gloucester, her father’s brother and her uncle, had been appointed regent and protector of his nephews. Having already placed young Edward in the Tower, Richard asked permission of Elizabeth’s mother to have his brother Richard taken to Edward to keep him company, her mother agreed.
Elizabeth of York Fact 9: It was Richard III’s intention to marry Elizabeth once his own wife Anne Neville, who was dying and they had no surviving children. As his wife was still alive, Woodville enemies not wishing to see the family rise to power again, spread this rumor forcing the King to deny it and this making it impossible for him to carry out his wishes.
Elizabeth of York Fact 11: On August 22nd 1485 the armies of Henry Tudor and King Richard III met at the Battle of Bosworth Field and in spite of the fact that Richard’s army was the larger, there were those amongst his army that chose to fight for Henry Tudor. Richard was killed during the battle and by right of conquest the crown was taken by Henry VII.
Elizabeth of York Fact 17: In November of 1501 her eldest son, Arthur married Catherine of Aragon who was the daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile and following tradition the Prince of Wales and his wife were sent to Ludlow Castle where in April 1502 Arthur died unexpectedly.
Elizabeth of York Fact 18: Totally distraught not only by the death of his son but fearful for his dynasty, Elizabeth consoled him reminding him he still had another son and two daughters and that they as a couple were still capable of having more children.
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