So who was Elizabeth? Why should you care about her? Let’s start at the beginning. She was born in February of 1466, to King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.
She was their firstborn and back in the day, children were named after their parents, which is why she carries the same name as her mother. Her birth year makes her an inhabitant of the 15th century.
Not everyone listened to their teacher in history class, we get it. Some did but still were not told anything about Elizabeth of York. Why? Today, historians assert that the Queen, who married King Henry VII, was overshadowed by the many wives of her own son, King Henry VIII.
Anne Boleyn, who had her head removed on his order, is just one example of a royal wife who got to be in the spotlight more than Elizabeth.
Wars of the Roses
If you don't know much about the 15th century, let us enlighten you: It was just during the middle ages, but they were soon coming to an end.
At the time, England was plagued by the "Wars of the Roses." Sadly, these were not debates about which rose type is the fairest, but a series of battles where the House of Lancaster and the House of York fought for the crown. Sounds familiar?
The Original Sansa Stark?
When Henry VII and Elizabeth married it marked the conclusion of the "Wars of the Roses." Not only do these wars have a lovely name, but many also claim that they inspired modern hit classics like "Game of Thrones" and the 2017 miniseries "The White Princess."
If you are a true fan of GOT, you already know Sansa Stark, but what about Elizabeth? Let us tell you more about her!
An Early Engagement
After her 1466 birth, she was baptized under the Christian name of Elizabeth Woodville, as King Edward IV's firstborn. Celebrations in Westminster Abbey immediately ensued. In 1469, just three years later, she was already engaged to be married.
As marriage was mostly a political and economical institution back then, parents didn't really ask their children what they thought of the matter.