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
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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