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Elizabeth of York

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Short Biography and facts about the life of Elizabeth of York (Paternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I)
The following biography information provides basic facts and information about the life Elizabeth of York:

  • Nationality: English

  • Mother of King Henry VIII and Paternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I
  • Lifespan: 1466 - 1503
  • Born: 11 February 1466
  • Married: 18 January 1486 to Henry Tudor, the only son of Edmund Tudor and Margaret Beaufort
  • Died: 11 February 1503
  • Family connections: Elizabeth of York was the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. She was also the sister of the Lancastrian Princes in the Tower
  • Religion: Catholic 
  • Character of Elizabeth of York  : Kind, loyal and obedient

Information, Facts & History about the life of Elizabeth of York
The following are additional facts about the life and history of Elizabeth of York - Paternal Grandmother of Queen Elizabeth I:

  • Elizabeth of York was born in Westminster
  • Elizabeth was a member of the House of York. England entered a period of Civil war called the War of the Roses between noble factions of the House of York and the House of Lancaster
  • A Lancastrian rebellion rose against the Yorkist King Richard III following the disappearance of the young brothers of Elizabeth of York, Edward and Richard - the Princes in the Tower
  • 1485 August 22nd: Henry Tudor defeated King Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth Field and Henry Tudor claimed the throne of England
  • 1486 18 January: Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville married the Lancastrian King Henry VII
  • King Henry VII cemented his succession and settled the friction between the Yorkists and Lancastrians by marrying the Yorkist heir, Elizabeth of York
  • The symbols of the two factions were White Rose of York and the Red rose of Lancaster. These were combined to form the Tudor rose
  • Henry and Elizabeth had four children who survived childhood:
    • Arthur, Prince of Wales (September 20, 1486 April 2, 1502)
    • Margaret Tudor (November 28, 1489 October 18, 1541)
    • Henry VIII of England (June 28, 1491 January 28, 1547)
    • Mary Tudor (March 18, 1496 June 25, 1533)
  • The marriage between Elizabeth of York and King Henry VII was a happy one. Elizabeth was adored by her son Henry. King Henry VIII named his daughter by Anne Boleyn after his mother - she became Queen Elizabeth I
  • Elizabeth of York died 11 February 1503.  Elizabeth of York is buried in Westminster Abbey in the Lady Chapel
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