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Elizabeth Woodville - Queen consort, Queen Dowager, Children of Elizabeth Woodville

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Queen consort of Edward IV of England. A widow, she married Edward IV in 1464, and was crowned in 1465. When Edward fled to Flanders in 1470, she sought sanctuary in Westminster. In 1483 her sons, Edward V and Richard, Duke of York, were murdered (the ‘Princes in the Tower’). After the accession of Henry VII in 1485, her rights as dowager queen were restored, but in 1487 she was forced to retire to a convent, where she died. Her eldest daughter, Elizabeth of York (1465–1503), married Henry in 1486.

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