Elizabeth of York

More Tudor history!  This time around, I read about Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII’s mother.  Although she is less well known and far less notorious than some other British queens, Elizabeth of York lived through lots of political tumult and upheaval, and had a strong and loving relationship with her husband Henry Tudor, a fact by no means common at the time. Alison Weir’s book Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World does a wonderful job of bringing this historical figure to life.

I always love the way Weir combines rigorous scholarship with readable narrative, considering alternate viewpoints, analyzing sources, and keeping a strong pace throughout.  This book is no exception.  If you’ve read her other books on the princes in the tower (who were Elizabeth of York’s brothers) and Henry VIII, you’ll probably enjoy getting this different perspective of events.

I’m so glad that Weir has written so prolifically, so that I always have another of her excellent works to look forward to!  If you’re a fellow Anglophile or history buff, I highly recommend Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World.

 

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3 thoughts on “Elizabeth of York

  1. Oh yay! Thanks to you, I’ve enjoyed several Weir books and I’m finally understanding the Tudor period a bit better. Brian is deep in studies and research of that period (primary sources and scholarly material though!), I’m enjoying learning about the period through historical fiction. I can have an intelligible conversation, at least, about the crazy happenings of that time period.
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