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Publisher's Note:

Many are familiar with the story of the much-married King Henry VIII of England and the celebrated reign of his daughter, Elizabeth I. But it is often forgotten that the life of the first Tudor queen, Elizabeth of York, Henry’s mother and Elizabeth’s grandmother, spanned one of England’s most dramatic and perilous periods. Now New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir presents the first modern biography of this extraordinary woman, whose very existence united the realm and ensured the survival of the Plantagenet bloodline. Her birth was greeted with as much pomp and ceremony as that of a male heir. The first child of King Edward IV, Elizabeth enjoyed all the glittering trappings of royalty. But after the death of her father; the disappearance and probable murder of her brothers—the Princes in the Tower; and the usurpation of the throne by her calculating uncle Richard III, Elizabeth found her world turned upside-down: She and her siblings were declared b…

Elizabeth of York

by Alison Weir

Overall Book Review:

In Alison Weir’s latest book, Elizabeth of York, readers will be immersed in detail. Weir, a New York Times Bestselling author, covers every imaginable part of Elizabeth’s life. This well-organized biography includes customs and terminology of the day, as well as pictures and a family tree. Weir expands on a multitude of important historical events like the War of the Roses and reign of Richard III. The mystery of the two young princes in the Tower of London is also heavily discussed (Elizabeth was their sister).

Weir is remarkable for her ability to present research and then give argument to what she believes — yet still allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. I liked how well the book flowed and learned a great deal from its content. Elizabeth of York is a fantastic biography. 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Ballantine Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: 1 religious exclamation, 1 mild obscenity, 39 derogatory names

Violence/Gore:  Numerous reports of violence involving war and murder; a few violence details from battle; numerous non-detailed scenes of violent death.

Sex/Nudity:  Several sexual references and accounts of reported sexual activity; several pages discussing whether or not a royal marriage was ever consummated. 

Mature Subject Matter:

Murder, war, infidelity, death of family members.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Frequent drinking occurs throughout the book.

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About the Reviewer

My mother was the one who sparked my love of books. Long before school instruction, she sat me down and taught me to read. My childhood was filled with trips to the library and bookmobile to find great books. My first loves were The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Pippi Longstocking series by Astrid Lingren. Now as a mom and speech pathologist, I am constantly looking for good, clean books to use at home and in therapy. I enjoy reading many different genres, but my favorites are usually historical fiction. I married my best friend, the “boy next door”, and we have a beautiful little girl who we often find sprawled out on the floor, flipping through picture books. Together our family likes to swim, run and play tennis. Besides reading, I also love to bake, garden and travel.