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Woodville, Elizabeth

Female 1437 - 1492  (55 years)


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  • Name Woodville, Elizabeth  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 1437  Grafton Regis, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Gender Female 
    Died 8 Jun 1492  Bermondsey Abbey, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 4
    Buried Windsor, Berkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I32468  Bob Juch's Kin
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 

    Father Woodville, Richard,   b. 1405, Maidstone, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Aug 1469, Edgecote, Oxfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother de Luxembourg, Jacquetta Duchess of Bedford,   b. Abt 1415,   d. 30 May 1472  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F39  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Plantagenet, Edward IV,   b. 28 Apr 1442, Rouen, Seine-Maritime, Haute-Normandie, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1483, Westminster Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Married 1 May 1464  Grafton Regis, Northants, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Plantagenet, Catherine "of York",   b. 14 Aug 1479, Eltham Palace, Kent, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Nov 1527  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     2. Plantagenet, Elizabeth "of York",   b. 11 Feb 1466, Westminster Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1503, Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 37 years)  [natural]
     3. Plantagenet, Anne "of York",   b. 2 Nov 1475, Westminster Palace, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1511  (Age 36 years)  [natural]
     4. Plantagenet, Richard "of Shrewsbury",   b. 17 Aug 1473, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1483, Tower of London, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 9 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F176  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Grey, John,   b. Abt 1432,   d. 17 Feb 1461, Second Battle of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 29 years) 
    Children 
     1. Grey, Richard,   b. Abt 1456,   d. 26 Jun 1483, Pontefract Castle, Yorkshire, England. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 27 years)  [natural]
     2. Grey, Thomas,   b. 1451, Groby, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1501, Astley, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 May 2019 
    Family ID F11192  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Windsor, Berkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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    Elizabeth-Wydeville
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    Elizabeth Wydeville
    Elizabeth Wydeville
    Elizabeth Woodeville
    Elizabeth Woodeville

  • Notes 
    • http://www.britannia.com/bios/ewoodville.html Queen of Edward IV, daughter of Sir Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers, and Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford, of the great house of Luxemburg, Elizabeth Woodville was probably born in 1437. Her first husband was Sir John Grey of Groby, a Lancastrian, who fell at St. Albans in 1461. By him she had two sons, Thomas and Richard, and it was when she was supplicating King Edward IV for the restoration of their estates that he fell in love with her. Edward married her privately in 1464, and, when the marriage was declared at Reading Abbey (Berkshire), it at once provoked the hostility of the family of Neville, which had put Edward on the throne. The rivalry of the Nevilles with the Woodvilles soon succeeded to that of the Yorkists and Lancastrians, for Elizabeth was a greedy, unscrupulous woman who insisted on the King showering lands and wealth on all her relations. She bore Edward numerous children, the first of whom was her eldest daughter, Elizabeth, afterwards Queen of Henry VII ; the best known were the 'Princes in the Tower,' Edward V and his brother, Richard, Duke of York, afterwards murdered, apparently, by their uncle, Richard III. The elder of these boys was born while Edward was in exile in 1470 and the Queen had 'taken sanctuary' at Westminster. On the death of Edward IV the unpopularity of the whole Woodville family was at once manifest and the Queen had to take sanctuary again. The most extraordinary point in her career was reached when the wily Richard tempted her to come to his Court again and she went through some sort of reconciliation with him. Henry VII never trusted her and, in 1487, she went to reside in the nunnery at Bermondsey on a pension. The refoundation of Queens' College, Cambridge, in the beautiful gallery of which there is an authenticated portrait of her, is the only good thing recorded of her. Edited from Emery Walker's "Historical Portraits" (1909).

  • Sources 
    1. [S1703] Web: International, Find A Grave Index, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2013;).

    2. [S1249] Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22, Ancestry.com, (Name: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors.Original data - Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed. Dictionary of National Biography, 1921–1922. London, England: Oxf;), Stephen, Sir Leslie, ed.; London, England: Oxford University Press; Dictionary of National Biography, Volumes 1-20, 22; Volume: Vol 06; Page: 614.

    3. [S1864] Suffolk, England, Extracted Parish Records, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2001;).

    4. [S1845] Web: Netherlands, GenealogieOnline Trees Index, 1000-Current, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.; Location: Provo, UT, USA; Date: 2014;).