(Review) Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance by Amy Licence

Publication Date: March 30, 2016
Publisher: Amberley
Genre: Nonfiction, Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, British History, British Monarchy
Pages: 304
Source: I received this book free of charge from the author or publisher
Rating: 5 stars for excellent

Link for more information at the publisher: Amberley.


Website for Amy Licence.

Links for further information:
Edward IV, Luminarium 
Elizabeth Woodville, Luminarium 
Edward IV, English Monarchs
Edward V, Britannica 
Edward V, BBC History
Edward V, Medieval Life and Times

Edward of York became king in 1461. He chose a bride who had been married before and had two sons. Her name was Elizabeth Woodville. Edward's marriage to Elizabeth was done in secret. The Earl of Warwick had hoped Edward would marry for political reasons. Edward made a defiant decision independent from Warwick.
The focus on Edward and Elizabeth's courtship and marriage has been portrayed in books and films. The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory is well-known.
Amy Licence's focus and intent is to filter away the myths of Edward and Elizabeth, and deliver to the reader the facts. In the process, a solid and intimate study of the couple is portrayed.

The book includes 37 illustrations, 24 are in color.

My Thoughts:
Several reasons led me to give Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville: A True Romance 5 stars for excellent.

  • Several stories of historical figures are added to the book. I consider these stories to be gems I'd not anticipated. For example: Joan of Arc; Elizabeth Cobham, the second wife of the Duke of Gloucester. 
  • Edward IV and Elizabeth's reasons for marriage are analyzed. 
  • Edward's leadership and battle prowess is shown. 
  • The treatment of women to destroy their reputation is examined. Licence is especially knowledgeable about women's lives during the medieval period. 
  • The letters written by Edward as a youth is fascinating. 
  • Chapter twelve begins after Edward's death. Edward's two sons, Edward V, and Richard, are kept in the Tower and then they disappear entirely. The circumstances of their death is a mystery. The series of events taken by Richard, duke of Gloucester, later Richard III, is given. Licence points out the Croyland Chronicler, a letter Richard wrote, and letters of other witnesses during this period. I enjoyed reading the historical accounts in the documents. 


  1. I enjoyed The White Queen, which left me feeling that they did have a real romance. I'll have to check this one out, though I'm not a fan of blaming RIII for the princes' deaths.

  2. Thank you so much Jane for leaving a comment. I'm more interested in knowing what happened to the two princes than who killed them.


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