Elizabeth of York
Alison Weir’s Elizabeth of York is the first, non-academic biography of a woman who is solidly wedged into British history as one of the cornerstones of the Tudor dynasty. Daughter of Edward IV, wife of Henry VII and mother of Henry VIII, Elizabeth of York is an elemental yet elusive part of England’s story. Thank goodness, Alison Weir is here to remedy this situation. As usual, Weir explores and exposes the life of Elizabeth of York brilliantly and quite thoroughly. Using many primary as well as secondary sources, Weir is able to tease out tidbits of information readers will enjoy devouring. As these carefully discovered facts come together, a portrait emerges of a queen who is a perfect consort for Henry VII; Elizabeth is pious and generous and, obvious from his devotion to her, a good wife for Henry. She was also a good mother, causing her children great grief when she died. In Weir’s skillful hands, Elizabeth of York returns to us, full-bodied and three-dimensional. This is a must read for Tudor fans!
476 (US), 576 (UK)