Portrait of Elizabeth Woodville as Queen of England c.1472

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Portrait of Elizabeth Woodville as Queen of England c.1472

Elizabeth Woodville

The White Queen

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 mid-ranked in the English aristocracy. Her first marriage was to a minor supporter of the House of Lancaster, Sir John Grey of Groby; he died at the Second Battle of St Albans, leaving Elizabeth a widowed mother of two sons. Her second marriage, to Edward IV, was a cause célèbre of the day, thanks to Elizabeth’s great beauty and lack of great estates. Edward was only the second king of England since the Norman Conquest to have married one of his subjects, and Elizabeth was the first such consort to be crowned queen.

I recently had this painting of Elizabeth Woodville reproduced by

1st Art Gallery

And they did an amazing job at creating an identical portrait.

It’s one of my favourite historical paintings and Elizabeth Woodville is one of my favourite heroines. She is also my 18th great-grandmother.

The painting now graces the wall of my bedroom.

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