Jacquetta of Luxembourg (1415/1416 – 30 May 1472), married firstly in 1433, John, Duke of Bedford, and secondly, in secret, c.1436, Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers, by whom she had sixteen children, including Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of King Edward IV of England. Every English monarch after 1509 descended from her.
Edward IV encounter with Elizabeth Woodville, Lady Grey This image is a posterized digitization of a wall painting in Grafton Village Hall. It depicts the moment when Yorkist king Edward IV allegedly fell for his future queen in the forest of Whittlewood in Northamptonshire. The tree behind them is a famous oak (known as The Queen’s Oak) which was said to have stood in the Grafton Estate for several hundred years.
CECILY OF YORK, VISCOUNTESS WELLES: (20 March 1469 – 24 August 1507) was an English Princess and the third, but eventual second surviving, daughter of Edward IV, King of England and his queen consort Elizabeth, née Lady Elizabeth Grey, daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers and Jacquetta of Luxembourg.
Elizabeth Woodville: Marriage to Edward IV.And then she met Edward. The story goes that Elizabeth heard he was in the neighborhood near her castle at Grafton, so she waited for him beneath a tree now known in Northamptonshire as “the queen’s oak,” with her two sons. When he arrived she begged him to restore their lands and he was love-struck. Of course, Edward, the playboy that he was, did not actually want to marry Elizabeth and she did not want to settle for anything less. Playing hard ...
"Anne Plantagenet, Anne of York (November 2, 1475 - November 23, 1511) was the seventh child and fifth daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville...My 10th gr-grandmother." Actually, this is Queen Anne (Stuart) of Great Britain, not anybody's great grandmother, sadly for her.
According to legend, Edward IV met Elizabeth Woodville beneath an oak tree in Whittlebury Forest and instantly fell in love on April 30, 1464. (Depicted here in a Cantebury Cathedral on a stained glass window)
This tough cookie is Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. Henry was born when Margaret was only 13 years old. From that moment on, it was her mission to advance the interests of her son, help him become king, and found a powerful dynasty. She succeeded in doing all three -- no wonder all the surviving portraits of her show a woman who looks like she refused to take any bull from anybody, and whose laser-beam glare could freeze anyone in their tracks. I wouldn't want to get on her bad…