(1437 - 1492)
The White Queen
- Was married to Sir John Grey who fought on the side of the Lancaster’s in the Cousins War (the War of the Roses)
- After her Lancaster husband was killed in a battle against the York family, she proceeded to marry the York King Edward IV
- Edward IV and Elizabeth married in secret, and there were continuous rumours throughout her life saying that she had bewitched the King into marrying her, a commoner
- Her marriage to Edward IV produced a total of 10 children, which were added to the two sons she bore to her first husband
- She claimed Sanctuary at Westminster Abbey twice – once when the previous King, Henry VI, was reinstated and Edward IV was in exile. And once after the death of her husband Edward IV.
- Her two royal sons, Prince Edward and Prince Richard, were imprisoned in the Tower of London after the death of their father
- Prince Edward was ostensibly there to await his coronation, however his Uncle (and ‘Protector’) changed his mind and claimed the throne for himself, becoming Richard III
- The two Princes then disappeared – they are now known as the “Princes in the Tower” and it is unknown whether they died or natural causes, survived or were murdered.
- Elizabeth’s daughter, Elizabeth of York, married Henry Tudor (after he defeated her Uncle Richard III) and gave birth to Henry VIII – making Elizabeth Woodville the paternal Grandmother of Henry VIII.