Elizabeth Woodville Picture Gallery

Caxton Stained-Glass Window with Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
Caxton Window with Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Getty Images / Hulton Archive
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Elizabeth Woodville Portrait

Elizabeth Woodville (1437-1492), 1463.
Elizabeth Woodville, 1463. Print Collector/Getty Images / Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth, or Elizabeth Woodville, was one of the more controversial Queens of England. She secretly married Edward IV, and Edward's supporter Warwick changed sides in the Wars of the Roses and restored -- briefly -- Edward's rival, Henry VI. See: Biography of Elizabeth Woodville for details about her interesting life and place in history.

Elizabeth Woodville inherited the title "foundress"  of Queens College from her predecessor as Queen of England, Margaret of Anjou.

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Elizabeth Woodville

Portrait depicting Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England
About 1465 Elizabeth Woodville. Getty Images / Hulton Archive

This engraving depicts Elizabeth Woodville about 1465, soon after her marriage to Edward IV and her subsequent crowing as Queen of England. It was a marriage that cost him the support of one of his most important allies in winning his crowd, his cousin, the Duke of Warwick. Warwick turned his support to Henry IV, whom Edward had deposed, and helped Henry return to power briefly.

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Elizabeth Woodville

Elizabeth Woodville
Artist's Conception of Queen Elizabeth, Consort of Edward IV Elizabeth Woodville. Public Domain Image

An imagined portrait of Queen Elizabeth, Elizabeth Woodville, married to King Edward IV of England, and mother of Elizabeth of York, married to Henry VII.

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Elizabeth Woodville Meeting Edward IV for the First Time

Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
Imagined Picture of Queen Elizabeth and King Edward IV, Based on Old Legends Depiction of the first meeting of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. (c) 1999-2000 Clipart.com

Medieval Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Queen to Edward IV, depicted meeting her future husband, Edward VI, for the first time. One of the stories about Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV is that she met him on the side of the road, with her two young sons by her previous marriage, to petition him in a legal matter -- and then charmed him into marriage. This imagined portrait (and much later) is based on that story.

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Elizabeth Woodville and King Edward IV with William Caxton

Caxton Stained-Glass Window with Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
Stained Glass Window Caxton Window with Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Getty Images / Hulton Archive

This stained glass window in the Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in London, in the north window in the Large Hall, shows William Caxton, printer, presenting a printed page to the King and Queen: Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Caxton (1400s) was probably the person who introduced the printing press into England about 1473, and was the first retailer of printed books in England. Caxton may have been a member of the household of Margaret, sister of Edward IV, who married Charles the Bold of Burgundy. The first book Caxton printed is thought to have been Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. Chaucer married a sister of Katherine Swynford or Roet -- who was first mistress of and then wife of John of Gaunt. Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt were grandparents of Cecily Neville, mother of Edward IV. Edward was also a male-line descendant of John of Gaunt's brother, Edmund of Langley.

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Elizabeth Woodville and Son, Richard, Duke of York

Engraving of Elizabeth Woodville saying goodbye to her son Richard
Bidding Good-Bye to Her Younger Son Elizabeth Woodville bids good-bye to her son Richard, Duke of York, who was taken to the Tower of London and presumably was killed or died there. Getty Images / Hulton Archive

When Richard III took the crown of England after his brother's death, he had his brother's children declared illegitimate, and thus ineligible to succeed to the throne. In this picture, Edward IV's queen, Elizabeth Woodville, is shown in a sad good-bye to her second son, Richard, Duke of York. His brother had already been seized and imprisoned by Richard. The two boys later disappeared frmo history, with no certain answers as to their fate. Many presume that Richard III had them killed, but other suspects include Henry VII and even their sister, Elizabeth of York.