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Publisher's Summary

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry's mother and Elizabeth's grandmother, spanned one of England' s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline.
Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers - the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle, Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared bastards. As Richard's wife, Anne Neville, was dying, there were murmurs that the king sought to marry his niece Elizabeth, knowing that most people believed her to be England's rightful queen. Weir addresses Elizabeth's possible role in this and her covert support for Henry Tudor, the exiled pretender who defeated Richard at the Battle of Bosworth and was crowned Henry VII, first sovereign of the House of Tudor. Elizabeth's subsequent marriage to Henry united the houses of York and Lancaster and signaled the end of the Wars of the Roses. For centuries historians have asserted that, as queen, she was kept under Henry's firm grasp, but Weir shows that Elizabeth proved to be a model consort - pious and generous - who enjoyed the confidence of her husband, exerted a tangible and beneficial influence, and was revered by her son, the future King Henry VIII.
©2013 Alison Weir (P)2013 W. F. Howes
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 07-08-15


This book was very hard to listen to because the narrator tried to do men's voices and foreign accents made it very difficult to listen to had .Had she read it in her own voice and not attempted these accents and men's low voices it would have been much better I will look to see ifshe reads other books and avoid

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1 out of 5 stars
By Clare on 06-10-15

Grating Narration

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The story might be OK if it were not for the bad narration or for someone who enjoys fake accents. The narrator uses a slow and grating fake accent for any quote. My husband couldn't even stand listening as I listened.

What do you think your next listen will be?

The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

Would you be willing to try another one of Maggie Mash’s performances?


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Elizabeth of York?

I would have had her read the quotes in her normal narration.

Any additional comments?

I will probably borrow this book from the library and read it, but I did feel like the book was more about those around Elizabeth of York and not her. I bought it because I wanted to know about her story instead of the stories of those around her. I only got through the first few hours of this book due to the performance (I kept hoping it would stop bothering me, but the speed and accent used for quotes was horrible), so I'll give the real book a shot. I only wish I could return this, but I started listening too long after I purchased it.

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