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eBook Elizabeth Wydeville: The Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens) epub
  • ISBN: 0752433849
  • Author: Arlene Okerlund
  • Genre: Biographies
  • Subcategory: Historical
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tempus (May 1, 2005)
  • Pages: 336 pages
  • ePUB size: 1472 kb
  • FB2 size 1647 kb
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Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort to Edward IV, has traditionally been portrayed as a. .I truly enjoyed reading about Elizabeth Woodville.

Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort to Edward IV, has traditionally been portrayed as a scheming opportunist. But was she a cunning vixen or a tragic wife and mother? As this extraordinary biography shows. The ancestor of Mary, Queen of Scots and of Lady Jane Grey, this slandered queen's grandson will be Henry VIII, her great-grandaughter will be Queen Elizabeth I. In her time, she will become a widowed mother of two children but then secretly marry the King of England (the younger Edward IV), thus being crowned Queen of England in 1465

This item:Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens) by Arlene Okerlund . I enjoyed this book very much. Arlene Okerlund makes a compelling case for this misunderstood English queen. I couldn't put it down.

I enjoyed this book very much.

Elizabeth Wydeville: The Slandered Queen is the first book of a series on England' s forgotten Queens, a series . Arlene Okerlund clearly states what the purpose of her biography is: to set the record straight on this Queen. She feels that Elizabeth was slandered by her adversaries.

And the series got an excellent start!! Elizabeth Wydeville was Queen Consort to King Edward I. is mostly known as the mother of the Princes in the Tower and she was - through her daughter, another Elizabeth - the " maternal grandmother" of the Tudor dynasty. The subtitle "The Slandered Queen" leaves on doubt about this.

Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens). by. Arlene Naylor Okerlund. Elizabeth Woodville - Queen consort to King Edward IV was basically the prototype to the infamous Anne Boleyn. Although a member of the gentry, Elizabeth was still a ‘nobody’ in comparison to the usual marital partners of monarchial members in England. Elizabeth Woodville, interestingly enough, doesn’t have many (if at all) full-biographies highlighting her person, making Okerlund’s Elizabeth Wydeville an ambitious piece.

Okerlund, Arlene Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens). Arlene Okerlund, Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San Jose State University in California

Okerlund, Arlene Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens). ISBN 13: 9780752438078. Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens). Arlene Okerlund, Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San Jose State University in California. The author of scholarly articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Donne, and Dryden, Professor Okerlund also writes for popular audiences, including the newsletter of the Peninsula Banjo Band with which she plays tenor banjo.

Elizabeth Woodville (also spelled Wydville, Wydeville, or Widvile) (c. 1437 – 8 June 1492) was Queen consort of England, as the spouse of King Edward IV from 1464 until his death in 1483. At the time of her birth, her family was of middle rank in the English social hierarchy. Her mother Jacquetta of Luxembourg had previously been an aunt by marriage to Henry VI. Elizabeth's first marriage was to a minor supporter of the House of Lancaster, Sir John Grey of Groby.

Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen. Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort to Edward IV, has traditionally been portrayed as a scheming opportunist. Elizabeth - Arlene Okerlund. But was she a cunning vixen or a tragic wife and mother? As this extraordinary biography shows, the first queen to bear the name Elizabeth lived a tragedy, love, and loss that no other queen has since endured. CHAPTER ONE. The Widow and the King. The newly widowed Lady Elizabeth Grey, née Wydeville, watched Edward IV, King of England, ride through the woods in the midst of his courtiers.

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Arlene Okerlund, Elizabeth Wydeville: England’s Slandered Queen (Stroud: Tempus, 2006), 2. oogle Scholar. Katharine N. Davies, The First Queen Elizabeth (London: Lovat Dickson, 1937);Google Scholar. David MacGibbon, Elizabeth Woodville: Her life and times (London: A. Barker, 1938);Google Scholar

com The book also isn't organized very well. The book also isn't organized very well.

Elizabeth Wydeville, Queen consort to Edward IV, has traditionally been portrayed as a scheming opportunist. But was she a cunning vixen or a tragic wife and mother? As this extraordinary biography shows, the first queen to bear the name Elizabeth lived a life of tragedy, love, and loss that no other queen has since endured. This shocking revelation about the survival of one woman through vilification and adversity shows Elizabeth as a beautiful and adored wife, distraught mother of the two lost Princes in the Tower, an and innocent queen slandered by politicians.
Comments: (7)
Lianeni
I truly enjoyed reading about Elizabeth Woodville.
Shaktiktilar
An excellent history of Elizabeth Wydville. Sometimes a few too many details. Shows the love between Elizabeth and Henry. A great sadness at the end of the book showing how badly a queen can be treated after the king dies.
Xor
I thought this book had a great deal of conjecture in it. Regarding keeping this reader's interest, the book didn't come close to most of the historical books I've been reading lately, mostly by Alison Weir and Antonia Frasier. Additionally, the print was not dark enough for easy readability, and the print was rather small. Not easy on the eyes at all.
Moogugore
What a studied and fascinating work this book is! We've heard many versions of the presumed accounts of the 2 missing princes who disappeared from London Tower...but what of their mother, the first Queen Elizabeth? Although we've heard much smattering of slander about her in the past, now we have a new story to consider in this lavishly researched, footnoted and indexed work reviewing the Queen's life. Although you will feel the good weight of research that the author poured into the book, you will be able to read the Queen's fascinating story without needing to be a Rhodes Scholar to delve into it.

We even get to sigh a romantic sigh as we imagine the meeting of (24 year old) Elizabeth when she met with the King (age 19) at the time he likely fell madly in love with her: "At Grafton, Elizabeth was on home territory. The Wydeville manor lay within a mile of Whittlewood Forest where the King was hunting. Having grown up here, Elizabeth knew the course that the hunters would take, the fields where the deer would be chased for the kill, the grassy spots ideal for picnics. Choosing a large oak tree, she stationed herself and her two small sons beneath it and waited. Hard in pursuit of prey, Edward saw the beautiful young mother with her children, pulled his horse up short, and marveled at the bucolic tableau." See what I mean? We really get a feel for the romance, the hardship, and the tragedy to follow.

The ancestor of Mary, Queen of Scots and of Lady Jane Grey, this slandered queen's grandson will be Henry VIII, her great-grandaughter will be Queen Elizabeth I. In her time, she will become a widowed mother of two children but then secretly marry the King of England (the younger Edward IV), thus being crowned Queen of England in 1465, her father will be beheaded, her husband the King will become exiled leaving her alone while pregnant with many young children in tow, she will give birth to the future King of England (Edward V), her brother will be executed, her son (Sir Richard Grey) will be murdered upon order of Richard III, her two sons (King Edward V and Prince Richard of York) will disappear from the Tower of London with tragically uncertain fate, her 19-year-long marriage will be declared adulterous and their 10 children will be declared illegitimate, and she will be accused of witchcraft and sorcery.

An amazing life, worth of the re-defining richly presented by this author.
Thohelm
Yes, Elizabeth Wydeville is often portrayed as scheming, and haughty, and cruel. And yes, there is not enough information in the world (that we know of) to refute that point. But if that is true, then there is not enough information to prove it either.

Okerlund has gone out on a limb and said that perhaps Elizabeth wasn't a witch, a whore, or a social-climbing, dynasty-killing queen. For every point that she makes she backs it up with evidence. It's an argument, and like almost every other arugment out there about women in the 15th century, it can be debated.

As the author says, Margaret of Anjou has often been depicted as the she-wolf of France, a violent and rash woman who ended the House of Lancaster through her arrogance and forced York into treason. She has benefited from the hindsight of history as many biographers have taken another look and instead found her to be courageous and strong, worthy of our admiration and not derision. Doesn't Elizabeth Wydeville deserve the same?

I found this book to be thought provoking and insightful, representing a fairly good handle on the times and personalities. I don't necessarily embrace every argument, but hey, that's the great part about history. It's not dates and facts, it's debates and mystery and research.

This book is well-written and well-researched. Anyone with an interest in the Wars of the Roses, early Tudor history, or women throughout the eras should take a look at this biography.
Jozrone
This book is near-revolutionary in its treatment of a queen about whom too little has been written, particularly given the interesting and tragic events of her life. One thing is certain - it took a strong woman to withstand what she endured. This book is not for Richard III apologists who like to blame his problems on the Woodvilles. Personally, I find the Woodvilles far more interesting than the Yorks themselves, and their royal lineage is no less than that of those who criticized them as "upstarts" - a big thank you to Ms. Okerlund for this clarifying biography.
Manarius
I have to agree with another review that it was interesting to read a different interpretation of Elizabeth Wydeville. Some of the arguments fell short, but I still thought it was well done. I'm also not sure we are at a point to be spurning historical reinterpretation just yet.

I enjoyed it and recommend that readers also read Baldwin's biography of Elizabeth
Is anyone else tired of hardline feminists writing revisionist histories of every female personage whose reputation may have been exagerated by contempory chroniclers?

As contempory chroniclers are the only primary information sources, even assuming that they were all misogynistic and that they unjustly slandered every "liberated" woman, there are no better sources to prove otherwise. Portraying Elizabeth Wydeville as unculpable and virtuous is adding modern prejudice to her personage even more than her contemporaries possible misogyny.

Frankly, this type of revisionist history is insulting as a scholar and as a female, and I was highly disappointed to see Alison Wier's name associated with this farce.
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