The life and death of Elizabeth of York…
Here is a ‘potted’ history of this enigmatic lady. I say enigmatic because she and Henry VII were thought to have married and then fallen in love, but no one really knows. He was certainly devastated when she died in childbirth, but was it the devastation of heartbreak? We will never find out, I suspect, although it does seem likely that it was. Would she have been devastated if he had been the one to die? We’ll never know that either.
If love it was, she did not once express an opinion about the past…especially of her uncle, Richard III. I write this without recourse to the letter that Buck claimed to have seen, because that is yet another thing that will most likely never be proved. And the letter could be read in more than one way. Even so, the story has arisen that she was in love with Richard. If she was, it might indeed explain why she held her tongue about him.
There was nothing Henry would have appreciated more than for her to condemn Richard and his actions. But she didn’t. Nor did her siblings, or even her mother. That I know of, anyway. So, why didn’t she make her feelings known? Especially if she and Henry had fallen in love? We will never know, but I have always found it a curious point. Perhaps Buck’s letter should be taken at face value after all…?
Anyway, here is a link to the article that made me think again about the enigma of Elizabeth of York