Lady Elizabeth Woodville Pleading for Her Children before Edward IV By John Opie Date Painted: 1798 From: Winchester City Council Museums Elizabeth was left a widow aged 23, after her first husband the Lancastrian Sir John Grey of Groby was killed in battle. Elizabeth's late husband's lands were confiscated, and she was forced to petition her ‘enemy’, the new Yorkist King Edward IV, on behalf of her two sons.
Anne of York was born on 2nd November 1475 at Westminster Palace to Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, their fifth daughter. She was a biological aunt of Henry VIII and of Catherine Howard and Anne Boleyn by her marriage to the Duke of Norfolk. She was also a distant cousin of Catherine Parr. Anne carried the Chrisom at her nephew Arthur Tudor's christening in 1486 and also at her niece Margaret Tudor (future Queen of Scots)'s christening in 1489. She died in 1511 aged 36.