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Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  1,220 ratings  ·  286 reviews
Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaime ...more
Hardcover, 572 pages
Published December 3rd 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sarah (Warning: Potentially Off-Topic)
Elizabeth of York (1466-1503) is a woman who gets a little lost in history, overshadowed by her more flamboyant relatives. Her son, Henry VIII, surrounded himself with larger-than-life drama, while her father, Edward IV, was enmeshed in the conflict of the Wars of the Roses. Her uncle was the notorious usurper Richard III, immortalized by Shakespeare as one of history’s great villains. He probably had Elizabeth’s young brothers murdered in the Tower of London, but mystery surrounds those events ...more
Misfit
The most overused words to be found in an Alison Weir non-fiction book:

"Possibly, might have been, maybe and could have been."

Bah. The main problem with any non-fiction work on Elizabeth of York is that there is so little known about Elizabeth. Yes, she lived through (and survived!) a very tumultuous period in England's history, but she was first a king's daughter (a lot of those years living in sanctuary), then as wife and queen consort to Henry VII. She was devoted to the church, husband and f
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Melisende d'Outremer
What did I think - not much I am sorry to say. Although Weir is not my favourite author, I am prepared to put aside my dislike to read - and objectively - what she has written - and for the record I have read a number of her books - most I have disliked, one however, I did like. This, I think I can add to the "did not like" pile.

Firstly, Elizabeth's younger years are quite shadowy but Weir manages to flesh these out by giving us a history lesson - really the first seven chapters read like a tome
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Leah
May or may not, that is the question...

At what stage does biography become pointless? I would suggest that the answer to that question is when the historical record doesn't provide enough information to allow for any real insight into or knowledge of the subject. And that, in a nutshell, is why I have abandoned this book at the halfway point.

Elizabeth of York probably had a fascinating life. She may have been in love with her husband, Henry VII. On the other hand, she may have been cruelly treat
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Orsolya
It appears that as of late, there is a boost of interest in the reigns of Edward IV, Richard III, and Henry VII (which is certainly not a bad thing). This brings with it a curiosity in the lesser-discussed female figures of these times. One of these is Elizabeth of York. Alison Weir attempts to reveal some Henry VII’s Queen in, “Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World”.

The Subtitle to “Elizabeth of York” is truly fitting as Weir’s work is really about Elizabeth’s ‘world’ versus about Eli
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Chris
3 - 3.5

Disclaimer: Copy read via Netgalley.

Note: I cannot stress how much better this book is compared to Nancy Harvey' biogrpahy of Elizabeth of York. I feel the 3-3.5 stars belies the above fact.

Elizabeth of York is a shadowy figure. She is mother of Great Harry. She is the wife of that miser Henry VII. She is the grandmother of the beloved Virgin Queen. She is the sister of those tragic princes. She is the product of a love match.

She is a puzzle and cipher. She simply is, and her seemingly
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Patti
Alison Weir is one of my favorite authors in the historical fiction genre because she is also an historian who finds the right mix of accuracy and intrigue. There's been a trend in historical fiction lately to make interesting figures of the past considerably more controversial than they are, and I love that Alison Weir resists. So I was thrilled to receive an advance review copy of Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

This book d
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Rebecca Huston
Dec 10, 2013 Rebecca Huston rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: only diehard fans
Shelves: 15th-century, england
There are times when I want to scream at an author Stop! Stop writing! Unfortunately, Alison Weir keeps churning out these Tudor biographies and novels, and this time she went too far even for me -- this was a biography that took its subject and sucked all the life and interest out of it, leaving behind bare trivia about account books, endless repetition of details, and more than six hundred pages of heavily padded material. I actually fell asleep during this one, and given my passion for Tudor ...more
Leanda Lisle
Elizabeth of York was the first Tudor Queen and the dullest. But she had been a very different princess. As Alison Weir reminds us, her young life was filled with scandal and violence.

When Elizabeth was born England was being torn apart by a family quarrel that became known as the Wars of the Roses. Weir claims contemporaries called it the ‘Cousins War’, which certainly describes what was happening, namely a power struggle between the royal cousins of the ‘red rose’ House Lancaster and the riva
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Samantha
Confession time. I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would.

Alright, maybe that's not saying much since it did spend some time on my "never-gonna-happen" shelf. I received this book for Christmas and it popped up as a group read, so happen it did.

The opening chapters of this book were almost as annoying as I thought they would be. Toning down her anti-Richard tone, she retells her Princes in the Tower theory. Yes, she still casts Richard III as the villain, but she sounds slightly more like
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Jaylia3
A thoroughly scholarly royal biography that’s as vivid and irresistible as gossip

Elizabeth of York won’t be released until December 3, 2013, but history lovers may want to put this lavish and detailed biography on their holiday wish lists now. One of my favorite ways to absorb the twists, turns, and ambiance of the past is through the life of an interesting person in a fascinating time, and Elizabeth of York fulfills that compulsion thoroughly.

Her father was Edward IV, who overthrew Henry VI, t
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Christina
I received this early copy from NetGalley.

I'm having trouble deciding exactly what I thought of this book. Alison Weir was the historian who introduced me to my favorite medieval figure, Eleanor of Aquitaine. I also greatly respect her biography on Isabella of France. When I heard she was writing a biography on Elizabeth of York I was intrigued. Not much is known about this elusive queen, despite her being at the center of the storm during the latter half of the Wars of the Roses. The primary s
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Karen
Alison Weir uses her admittedly formidable researching skills to give us another book on an obscure figure of Tudor royalty, this time about Elizabeth of York, the mother of Henry VIII. What emerges is a picture of a queen who should have been very interesting because of her life experiences during the turbulent times she lived in, but whose main characteristic is a frustrating silence.

The content of the first four chapters of this book will be familiar to anyone who has read Ms. Weir’s earlier
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Jo Burl
I have a lot swirling in my mind about this book and I fear I will forget things, but if you don't start a review you'll never finish it, so here goes.

I received my copy as an advanced readers copy from NetGalley, a wonderful site, and I am unsure if the published book will be exactly like this ARC, but I hope so, only with pictures. Please put in LOTS of pictures, especially in Appendix I.

The first thing I noticed about this book, and Alison Weir actually comments on after the introduction in "
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Faith Justice
I didn't rate this one because it's one of those books that will thrill some and bore others. Tudor junkies or those writing HF in this period, will find lots of great information about expenses, dress, architecture, who was where when, etc. For the casual reader who wants some insight into Elizabeth of York, the woman, it's a long slog to get the occasional nugget/insight hidden by all the detail. I found it tedious and basically skimmed the chapters of accounts and guest lists attending the co ...more
Lori
I can not even begin to imagine the extensive research that went into this novel... fact is just as exciting as fiction when it comes to England's Medieval Royals!!! Elizabeth of York lived a life that seems unimaginable... I really enjoyed the first half of this but started skimming the second half due to all the meticulous details!!! I did like how Weir would raise questions many people still have today about events surrounding the Plantagenets downfall and the Tudors rise!!! She definitely is ...more
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
Recommended for those interested in the Tudors or the Wars of the Roses.

For a further review: http://susannag.booklikes.com/post/71... .

Copy courtesy NetGallery!
happy
With this biography Ms. Weir has written a very engaging, readable look at the end of the War of the Roses and the beginnings of the Tudor Dynasty. Unfortunately, as with some of her recent biographies of medieval women, there does not appear to be enough primary sources to justify her conclusions or a full biography. This results in a look at history of the times, based on where Elizabeth was rather than a good solid look at the person she was and the effect she had on the events surrounding he ...more
Katie
If you like conjecture, assumptions and unfounded generalizations, this is the book for you! When I heard that Alison Weir was writing a biography of Elizabeth of York, I was excited. At the same time, I wondered, How could anyone write a book about Elizabeth of York? So little is known about her. The answer is: by making shit up.

Alison Weir has a definite perspective on the Wars of the Roses, and she doesn't let the facts or unknowns stand in the way of her opinions! By page 50, I was troubled
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Lianne
Once again Alison Weir has compiled a book that goes into great detail about the life of Elizabeth of York and the world in which she lived in. The reader gains a very in-depth sense of the challenges she had to face, both late into the War of the Roses, and later as Queen. What’s also interesting about this volume is how this book isn’t just about Elizabeth but also about the people around her. There’s quite a bit of extrapolation going on as there’s not a lot of material to go on concerning wh ...more
Cassandra
I got a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, for review

This book spans over 50 years of British history, from the War of the Roses (called, at the time, the Cousin's War) to the death of Henry VII in 1509. This timeframe isn't something I'm very familiar with. I'd heard of Henry VIII (I think everyone has), but I'd never really thought about his parents before. In light of my lack of knowledge, this review isn't going to focus on the facts laid out in this book but on the writing
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Ionia
Hours upon hours of research is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of what to say about this book. Truly, there is no comparison to this work when it comes to the depth of information and logical and intelligent conclusions the author has put together. Other books on the subject stand down in shame.

This being said, I think whether or not you will enjoy this book is going to depend largely on why you are interested in reading it. If you are simply looking for a lightweight read for
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Conor Byrne
I really admire Alison Weir, and I've greatly enjoyed most of her other books. I didn't feel this was as strong as, say, "The Lady in the Tower", but readers interested in the period should read it and see what they make of it.
Pamela
If you like lists you might like this book. If you like lists and all things medieval, you might love it. If you like to know how much stuff cost in the 15th century you’ll be in heaven. If you’re preparing to write a novel set in the late 15th century there’s a wealth of source material here. Ditto if your business is dressing sets or actors for plays or movies.

It was a canny move on the author’s part to add a sub-title to her biography of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry
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John
Alison Weir’s book, Elizabeth of York, is an excellent look at the life and times of the mother of Henry VIII. No one expects any less of the author, and her expertise in the area of Plantagenet and Tudor families is well known. To me, Elizabeth is a lesser known figure in the saga, yet lived an interesting life- related by various diverse (and sometimes confusing) ways to many of the major players, one almost needs a genealogical chart and protractor just to try and keep track of it all. So bei ...more
Carol Dobson
The important stature of Elizabeth of York cannot be overstated. As Alison Weir points out she was 'the daughter, sister, niece, wife, mother and grandmother of monarchs.' Her son was the future Henry VIII. If the law of succession in the fifteenth century had been different, she would have ruled England.
ALison Weir brilliantly and meticulously evokes the world Elizabeth inhabits. Even the bed on which she gives birth to her son, Arthur, is described in exquisite detail, and this reflects the na
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oleeleeo

Elizabeth of York (the grandmother of Henry Vlll) married Henry VII founding the Tudor Dynasty. She was the absolute antithesis of her fiesty, independent granddaughter Queen Elizabeth l. Elizabeth of York was by all accounts well loved, respected and pious. In an era where scandal visited most royal courts Elizabeth of York remained unscathed by salacious gossip and scandal. Her marriage to Henry Vll was most definitely one of political machinations. Henry Vll wanted to challenge Elizabeth's av
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Jaime
~This review is of the uncorrected proof provided by the publisher and Netgalley~

2.5 stars While this book contains a great deal of information, there was not much that could be considered groundbreaking, and much is repeated to the point of tedium. One suspects the need to inflate an account about a figure who is so shadowy, not much CAN be written about her factually.

There is also a great deal of supposition on the author's part concerning characters' emotions and state of mind, but the inter
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Anastacia
Elizabeth of York has always been a fascinating historical figure to me. I've read about her before, but mainly in books where she's a minor character. It was great to read a book that focused on her and the time she lived through, and I always enjoy Weir's books, having read most of them, her books being very readable and enjoyable for historical fans like me.

This book has a LOT of fact contained within its pages. I downloaded it about 2 months ago, and it's taken me that long to complete readi
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Ruth
I am a complete sucker for Tudor history. What a fascinating group of people, determined, intelligent and, publicly at least, convinced of their own absolute and complete certainty in the right course of action. And yet, they died out essentially. Well, of course, they didn't really, because the current Monarchy in England (and most of Europe) are descended from them, but at least the male line died out.

Of all the Tudors, I'd always seen Elizabeth of York as a tragic, shadow-like creature, lurki
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Alison Weir (born 1951) is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens. She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.

Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her
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