Weir tells Elizabeth's story well…she is a meticulous scholar. The everyday minutiae of life are painstakingly described…Most important, Weir sincerely admires her subject, doing honor to an almost forgotten queen.
Roger Boylan - New York Times Book Review
[A]s a royal princess, Elizabeth was a pawn in the dynastic ambitions of England’s rulers: her father, Edward IV; her uncle, Richard III; her mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort; and her husband, Henry VII.... Elizabeth’s life...[is] portrayed in great detail, from marriage ceremonies and royal itineraries to the food, books, gifts, and clothing of her day. Weir argues her positions clearly...balancing the scholarly with emphases on Elizabeth’s emotional and psychological life.
We know all about Henry VIII's famous wives and daughters. But what about his mother, who legitimized the new Tudor dynasty as the only living descendant of Yorkist King Edward IV? The popular Weir...takes on Elizabeth of York in what appears to be the only biography currently available for lay readers.
[A] serious work definitely not aimed at a bodice-ripper audience. This Tudor Elizabeth (1466–1503) lived a century before her much better-known granddaughter, but she was important: the daughter, wife and mother of kings, including Henry VIII.... Weir portrays Elizabeth as a passive observer or victim and often ignores her entirely as she delivers an intensely researched... history of Britain during the turbulent last half of the 15th century.
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