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The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England

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Tomb of King Edward IV in St. George's Chapel, Windsor.  Image published in 1732.  Photo credit:  ancestryimages.com Tomb of King Edward IV in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Image published in 1732. Photo credit: ancestryimages.com

In May of 1487, for unknown reasons, Dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, the widow of King Edward IV, was compelled to give up all of her lands and possessions and retire to Bermondsey Abbey beside Southwark. It was a surprising move on the part of King Henry VII and his council and the motives for her retirement have been argued by historians ever since. Whether it was voluntary or involuntary on her part is unknown. It could be as simple as Henry wanted her lands and income for his wife, Elizabeth of York who was the dowager queens’ eldest daughter and had recently given birth to a male heir, Prince Arthur Tudor. Some historians think Elizabeth may have had involvement in the recent rebellion to place the pretender Lambert Simnel on the throne…

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