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Elizabeth of York (Queenship and Power)

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This book tells the story of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England’s Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the 118-year Tudor dynasty. Best known as the mother of Henry VIII and grandmother of Elizabeth I, this Queen Elizabeth contributed far beyond the act of giving birth to future monarchs. Her marriage to Henry VII unified the feuding houses of Lancaster

Paperback, 286 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2009)
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Jan 03, 2012 Jodi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard book to review. So excited for the topic, written with great use of materials from a time period from which there are not a lot of records but disappointed with a few inferences made on behalf of Elizabeth using records for Henry VII. For example, a lengthy paragraph listed all the attendants for Henry on their visit to Calais. The paragraph concluded with "The queen had a similar contingent of attendants." Well, for heavens sake. The book is about Elizabeth, if you have a list of her atten ...more
Jan 20, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Poor Elizabeth of York. She's always an afterthought, one line in the history of the Tudors or the War of the Roses. Sadly, this biography does little to change that. Even in a book ostensibly about her, there is more about her parents, her husband, her mother-in-law, and her children than there is of Elizabeth of York. She shows most clearly in the negative space she leaves behind after her death, when Henry VII develops his reputation for being a mean penny-pincher. Most of the rest of is gues ...more
Jun 29, 2013 Aurelin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is next to nothing here about Elizabeth, mostly it is conjectures and guesses. And a lot of lists. I did not notice at first that it was the author of the Slandered Queen, where I also hated her endless listings. But then I realised that was why we were treated again to a praise of Anthony Woodville and lots of lists.
Sadly this book feels somewhat a waste of time.
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Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San José State University in California. At José State University, she served six years as Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts, and seven years as Academic Vice President. In retirement, she teaches with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and continues her research in medieval and Renaissance studies ...more
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