Yes, everything seemed hopeless for Elizabeth of York and her mother, also named Elizabeth. But not all was lost. While not having a man by side their side made everything a lot more complicated, they weren’t about to give up.
Elizabeth’s mother was not a helpless soul, but a fierce leader who knew what she had to do in order to secure her daughter’s future. She wasn’t about to go down without a fight.
Elizabeth had to say goodbye to her brother, Edward, not knowing if she will ever see him again, or if he will get to live or die.
Richard, who was a deceptive, power-hungry man, found a way to declare both Elizabeth and her brother illegitimate since their father had been married to another woman before he married their mother. They had now lost any claim to the crown, and their uncle was named the new king.
King Richard III was made so on 6 July 1483. Edward was never seen again. He was supposedly taken to the "Tower of London" which we all know today as a place where people were brought to be maltreated.
Regardless of whether he was there or not, no one ever saw him again. Elizabeth lost both her father and brother in a matter of months. Not to mention she has fallen from being a king's daughter to having nothing at all.
A Common Enemy
What's the best way to execute revenge? Form an alliance. Power can be found in numbers, and nothing is mightier than two forces coming together to get back at the same common enemy.
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend" is a saying that goes all the way back to the 4th century BC and is still relevant to these days, which is when Elizabeth's mother decided her daughter should marry the french noble Henry Tudor.
A Match Made in Heaven
The match between the two gave the saying "A match made in heaven" a whole new meaning, as it literally changed the course of history. Sadly, we can't really say the say about our wedding.
This would be the right time to get into some more background about the previously mentioned "War of the Roses." The war was plaguing England for almost 50 years at this point, and it was between Elizabeth's and Henry's families.