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Tomb of Elizabeth Woodville

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The Athenaeum - Elizabeth Woodville, Wife of Edward IV (Thomas Hudson - )

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

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.

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Jaquetta of Luxemburg, Jaquetta Woodville mother of the "White Queen."

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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.

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

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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.

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Elizabeth of York, Lancastrian wife of Henry VII and mother of King Henry VIII. Queen Elizabeth I was likely named after both of her grandmothers, each of whom was named Elizabeth.

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Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville in "The White Queen" (2013)

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