Biography of Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England

Timeline

Around 1437 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England was born to Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta Luxembourg Duchess Bedford at Grafton Regis.

Around 1454 John Grey and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England were married.

In 1455 Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset was born to John Grey and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England.

In 1457 Richard Grey was born to John Grey and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England.

Second Battle of St Albans

On 18 Feb 1461 the Lancastrian army defeated the Yorkist army at Second Battle of St Albans and rescued Henry VI King England, II King France. The Lancastrian army was commanded by Henry Holland 3rd Duke Exeter and included Henry Percy 3rd Earl Northumberland, John Mowbray 3rd Duke Norfolk, Henry Grey 7th Baron Grey Codnor and Richard Welles 7th Baron Willoughby Eresby, 7th Baron Welles. Thomas Ros 9th Baron Ros Helmsley, William Tailboys 7th Baron Kyme, John Talbot 3rd Earl Shrewsbury, 3rd Earl Waterford and Thomas Tresham were knighted.
The Yorkist army included Richard "Kingmaker" Neville 16th Earl Warwick, 6th Earl Salisbury, William Fitzalan 16th Earl Arundel, John Wenlock 1st Baron Wenlock and Henry Bourchier 2nd Count Eu, 1st Earl Essex. John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu was captured. Robert Poynings and James Luttrell Baron Dunster were killed.
John Grey was killed fighting for Lancaster. A death that was to have far reaching consequences; his widow Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England subsequently married Edward IV King England.
After the battle William Bonville 1st Baron Bonville and Thomas Kyriell were beheaded after having protected Henry VI King England, II King France during the battle against all decent laws of battle. Margaret of Anjou Queen Consort England reneged on their immunity and tried them in front of her seven year old son Prince Edward who ordered them to be beheaded.

Edward IV marries Eleanor Talbot (possibly)

Around Jun 1461 , the record is very vague, Edward IV King England 1442-1483 and Eleanor Talbot were possibly secretly married by Robert Stillington Bishop Bath and Wells. The marriage came to light after Edward's death. Robert Stillington Bishop Bath and Wells provided the information to the future Richard III King England in 1483; Richard used the information to justify his succeeding to be King since Edward IV's children with Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England were, therefore, illegitimate as a result of their marriage being bigamous and George Duke of Clarence's children were barred from the throne as a consequence of their father's attainder. .

Marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville

Around May 1464 Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England were married at Grafton Regis. Jacquetta Luxembourg Duchess Bedford, Elizabeth's mother, being the only witness. .

Coronation of Elizabeth Woodville

On 26 May 1465 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England was crowned as Queen Consort England by Cardinal Thomas Bourchier at Westminster Abbey. Edward IV King England attended. John Cheney 1st Baron Cheyne, Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers and Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers were appointed Knight of the Bath. .

On 11 Feb 1466 Elizabeth York Queen Consort England was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Westminster Palace.

On 11 Aug 1467 Mary York was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Windsor Castle.

On 20 Mar 1469 Cecily York Viscountess Welles was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Westminster Palace.

Edward V born in Sanctuary

On 02 Nov 1470 the future Edward V was born to Edward VI and Elizabeth Woodville in Sanctuary. His father was abroad in Flanders. His Godparents included the Abbot and Prior of Westminster, and Elizabeth St John Baroness Scrope Bolton, Baroness Zouche Harringworth. .

On 10 Apr 1472 Margaret York was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England.

On 17 Aug 1473 Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Westminster Palace.

On 02 Nov 1475 Anne York was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Westminster Palace.

On Mar 1477 George York 1st Duke Bedford was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Windsor Castle.

On 14 Aug 1479 Catherine York was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England.

On 10 Nov 1480 Bridget York was born to Edward IV King England and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England at Eltham Palace.

Death of Edward IV

On 09 Apr 1483 Edward IV King England died at Westminster. Those present included Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England, William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings and Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset. .

Elizabeth Woodville takes Sanctuary at Westminster Abbey

Around 03 May 1483 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England took Sanctuary with Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk and Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset. Her brother Lionel Woodville Bishop Salisbury was with her. .

Around 09 Jun 1483 Robert Stillington Bishop Bath and Wells 1420-1491 informed a Council meeting that the coronation of Edward V King England could not proceed since he was illegitimate since his father's marriage to his mother Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England had been bigamous since Edward IV King England had previously married Eleanor Talbot at which Robert Stillington Bishop Bath and Wells presided. The only witness being Robert Stillington Bishop Bath and Wells.

Coronation of Richard III

On 06 Jul 1483 Richard III King England was crowned III King England: Plantagenet York by Cardinal Thomas Bourchier at Westminster Abbey. Anne Neville Queen Consort England by marriage Queen Consort England. See Coronation of Richard III.
John Howard 1st Duke Norfolk was appointed as Lord High Steward. William Brandon, Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl Arundel, Thomas St Leger, Richard Hastings Baron Willoughby Eresby, Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England, Elizabeth York Duchess Suffolk, Giles Daubeney 1st Baron Daubeney and Humphrey Dacre 1st Baron Dacre Gilsland attended.
Robert Dymoke attended as the Kings' Champion.
Edmund Grey 1st Earl Kent carried The Pointed Sword of Justice. Thomas Howard 2nd Duke Norfolk carried the Crown. Francis Lovell 1st Viscount Lovell carried the Third Sword of State. John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk carried the Sceptre. John Pole 1st Earl Lincoln carried the Cross and Ball. Henry Stafford 2nd Duke Buckingham carried the king's train. Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire bore the Queen's Crown.
Thomas Stanley 1st Earl Derby carried the Lord High Constable's Mace. Margaret Beaufort Countess Richmond held Queen Anne's train. Henry Percy 5th Earl Northumberland carried The Blunt Sword of Mercy. Christopher Willoughby 10th Baron Willoughby Eresby was appointed as Knight of the Bath.
Cecily "Rose of Raby" Neville Duchess York refused to attend the Coronation of Richard III. History doesn't record her reason.

Richard III Secures Elizabeth Woodville's Daughters

In Mar 1484 Richard III King England attempted to persuade Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England to leave Sanctuary in Westminster Abbey by promising to secure suitable marriages for her daughters. .

Christening of Arthur Prince of Wales

On 24 Sep 1486 Arthur Tudor Prince Wales was christened at Winchester Cathedral. Cecily "Rose of Raby" Neville Duchess York held held the child. His godparents included Thomas Stanley 1st Earl Derby, William Fitzalan 16th Earl Arundel, John Vere 13th Earl Oxford, Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl Arundel, Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England and Cecily York Viscountess Welles. Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers was present. ( Christening of Arthur Prince of Wales ).

On 08 Jun 1492 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England died at Bermondsey.

After 08 Jun 1492 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England was buried at Altar.

Anne Grey was born to John Grey and Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England.

Funeral of Edward IV

On 10 Apr 1483, in the morning, the coffin of Edward IV King England was moved to St Stephen's Chapel. Edward Story Bishop Chichester sang the masses. Richard Fiennes 7th Baron Dacre Gilsland, Chamberlain to Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England, offered on the Queen's behalf. .

Family Trees

Paternal Family Tree: Woodville

Descent

Kings Wessex: Great x 19 Grand Daughter of Aethelwulf King Wessex

Kings England: Great x 6 Grand Daughter of Henry III King England

Kings Scotland: Great x 11 Grand Daughter of David I King Scotland

Kings Franks: Great x 9 Grand Daughter of Louis VII King Franks

Kings France: Great x 10 Grand Daughter of Louis "Fat" VI King France

Ancestry

Father: Richard Woodville 1st Earl Rivers

GrandFather: Richard Woodville

Great GrandFather: John Woodville

GrandMother: Joan Bittelsgate

Great GrandFather: Thomas Bittelsgate

Great GrandMother: Joan Beauchamp

Great Great GrandFather: John Beauchamp

Great Great Great GrandFather: Hugh Beauchamp

Great Great Great GrandMother: Idonea Lisle

Mother: Jacquetta Luxembourg Duchess Bedford

GrandFather: Peter Luxembourg I Count Saint-Pol

Great GrandFather: John Luxembourg

Great Great GrandFather: Guy Luxembourg I Count Saint-Pol, I Count Ligny

Great Great Great GrandFather: John Luxembourg

Great Great Great GrandMother: Alix Dampierre

Great Great GrandMother: Mathilde Chatillon

Great Great Great GrandFather: Jean Chatillon Count Saint-Pol

Great Great Great GrandMother: Jeanne Fiennes

Great GrandMother: Margaret Brienne

GrandMother: Margherita Baux

Great GrandFather: Francesco Baux 1st Duke Andria

Great GrandMother: Sueva Orsini

Great Great GrandFather: Nicholas Orsini Count

Great Great Great GrandFather: Roberto Orsini Count

Great Great Great GrandMother: Sueva del Balzo

Great Great GrandMother: Jeanne Sabran