Elizabeth Woodville has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes and a plucky but pitiful queen in Shakespeare's histories. This work aims to uncover what she was really like.
Elizabeth Woodville has been portrayed as an enchantress; as an unprincipled advancer of her family's fortunes and a plucky but pitiful queen in Shakespeare's histories. She has been alternatively championed and vilified by her contemporaries and five centuries of historians, dramatists and novelists, but what was she really like? Elizabeth Woodville's role in the conflicts and dynastic struggles of the Wars of the Roses makes her a figure of importance and an assessment of her true place in these struggles is overdue.
David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. His historical research has focused on the great medieval families in the Midlands and he has contributed articles to historical journals and lectured regularly to societies and conferences in this field. He is the author of six books, "The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, The Queen and the King's Mother," "The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York," "Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked," "Stoke Field: The Last Battle of the Wars of the Roses," and "The Kingmaker's Sisters." He lives inLeicester."
Elizabeth Woodville by David Baldwin
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