Today in History - February 11th. 1503 - Elizabeth of York, Queen Consort of England

February 11th. 1466 marks the birth of Elizabeth of York at the Palace of
Westminster Palace. She was the eldest child of Edward IV and
Elizabeth Woodville.

Elizabeth of York - Source picture: Wikipedia

Love & Marriage

In 1469 Elizabeth of York was briefly betrothed to George Neville, who
initially supported Edward IV against the rebellion of George's elder brother
Richard Neville. Later he changed his mind. As a result, the betrothal was

In 1475 Louis XI of France agreed to the marriage of Elizabeth of York
and his son Charles, the Dauphin of France. Although, in 1482, Louis XI
declined his promise.

On April 9th. 1483 Edward IV died unexpectedly and Elizabeths younger
brother, Edward the Prince of Wales became King.

On August 22nd. 1485 Henry Tudor and Richard III fought the
Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III died during this battle and
Henry Tudor took the reign as Henry VII.

As eldest daughter of Edward IV, Elizabeth of York could claim the throne
in her own right but she didn't. Henry VII knew that he should marry
Elizabeth of York to ensure the stability of his rule.


On January 18th. 1486 the wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
took place at Westminster Abbey. They should have 7 children.

The marriage started as a political arrangement, however it became a
love match. Elizabeth of York did not exercise much political influence
as Queen but she was reported to be gentle and kind. She was generous
to servants and benefactors. Elizabeth of York enjoyed music and
dancing. She also kept greyhounds.


Elizabeth of York died on February 11th. 1503 at Richmond Palace.
The grief of Henry VII lasted for years. Each year on February 11th.,
Henry VII decreed a requiem mass.

The legend continues

Elizabeth of York was portrayed in several movies and television series
- The White Queen;
- The Shadow of the Tower;
- Richard III and more.

in fiction books:
- Philippa Gregory's - The White Princess; The White Queen;
The Red Queen;
- Margaret Campbell Barnes' The Tudor Rose;
- Roberta Gellis - The Dragon and the Rose;
and many more.  
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