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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ. Queens of England. Vol.1.

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FRANCIS LANCELOTT, ESQ.
Queens of England. Vol.1.
page 306



ELIZABETH WOODVILLE, (to n nf £ìrmarìt tjjt /turili. CHAPTER I. Elizabeth's birth—Parentage—First wooer—Marriage to Sir Hugh Johnes—She gives birth to two sons—Flags the spy at the second battle of St. Albans—Death of lier husband— Her inheritance confiscated by the Yorkists—She waylays Edward the Fourth in the forest of WhittUbury—Wins tiie monarch's Jteart—Is privately married to him—The marriage gives umbrage to the Earl of Warwick and others— It is publicly acknowledged—Her dress—Dower—Coronation—Birth of the Princess Elizabeth—The royal favours heaped on her relations excite the Jealousy of the nobles—Warwick's disappointment and chagrin—Robin of Redesdale insurrection —Battle of Edgecote—The Queen's father; and brother John, beheaded—The King made captive—Released—Forced to fly the country—The RedRosefaction triumph— Elizabeth with her family seeks safety in the sanctuary at Westminister—Birth of Edward the Fifth—The King again lands in England—Defeats the Red Rose— Takes the Queen out of sanctuary—Creates his eldest son Prince of Wales. LIZABETHWOOB-marriage in 1436, the duchess's dower VILLE was born, it was forfeited, but on her petition to paris supposed, about liament it was restored again, and "Woodthe year 1437. Her ville, who had been thrown into prison mother by birth, Jac-for marrying a tenant of the crown withquetta of Luxemout the royal license, obtained his liberty burg}], was originon the payment of a fine of one thousand ally married to the pounds, and was after taken into favour Duke of Bedford, who, dying in 1435, at court and created Earl Rivers. The left her a widow at the tender age of duchess principally resided at Grafton seventeen. As third lady of the realm. castle, and hero the beautiful Elizabeth Jacquetta was dowered on the royal dewas born, before the marriage of her mesnes, but disregarding the distinctions parents was made public, hence the unof rank, she fell in love with Sir Richard certainty as to the date of her birth. WoodviUe, a poor but handsome esquire Shortly after the arrival of Margaret of in her late husband's service, and who. Anjou, Elizabeth was named maid of after his death, escorted her to England, honour to that unfortunate queen. won her heart, and was privately mar The first lover of the future Queen of ried to her. On the discovery of her England was Sir Hugh Johnes, a knight


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