Eleanor, the Secret Queen: The Woman Who Put Richard III on the Throne

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History Press Limited, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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The secret history of Eleanor Talbot, the woman at the heart of the controversy surrounding Richard III   Offering a solution to one of England's great mysteries, this book argues that Eleanor Talbot was married to Edward IV, and that therefore Edward’s subsequent marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was bigamous, making her children illegitimate. When Edward IV died in 1483, the Yorkist succession was called into question by doubts about the legitimacy of his son, Edward (one of the Princes in the Tower). The crown therefore passed to Edward’s undoubtedly legitimate younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But Richard, too, found himself entangled in the web of uncertainty, since those who believed in the legitimacy of Edward IV’s children viewed Richard III’s own accession as usurpation. From the day when Edward IV married Eleanor, or pretended to do so, or allowed it to be whispered that he might have done so, the House of York, previously so secure in its bloodline, confronted a contentious and uncertain future.

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User Review  - ELEkstrom - LibraryThing

I was excited to find this book, since I read Mr. Ashdown-Hill's book about Richard III's last days and that was informative and gave new insights into Richard. This book, however, read more like the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kirsty - Goodreads

Lady Eleanor Talbot (or Butler as she became known after marriage) is the woman who Richard III claimed to be his elder brother King Edwards first wife, married in secret in the same manner as his ... Read full review

About the author (2010)

John Ashdown-Hill is an historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Européen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes. He is the author of Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn.'

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