Cecily Neville

ebook Mother of Richard III

By John Ashdown-Hill

cover image of Cecily Neville

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An intriguing new biography of the fifteenth-century Duchess of York and mother to two kings of England.

Wife to Richard, Duke of York, mother to Edward IV and Richard III, and aunt to the famous Kingmaker, Richard, Earl of Warwick, Cecily Neville was a key player on the political stage of fifteenth-century England.

She is rumored to have been known as the Rose of Raby because of her beauty and her birth at Raby Castle, and as Proud Cis because of her vanity and fiery temper, But Cecily's personality and temperament have actually been highly speculated upon. In fact, much of her life is shrouded in mystery. Aside from Cecily's role as mother and wife, who was she really?

Matriarch of the York dynasty, she navigated through a tumultuous period and lived to see the birth of the future Henry VIII. From seeing the house of York defeat their Lancastrian cousins; to witnessing the defeat of her own son, Richard III, at the battle of Bosworth, Cecily then saw one of her granddaughters become Henry VII's queen consort. Her story is full of controversy, and the few published books on her life are full of guesswork. In this highly original history, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill—renowned for his role in locating the long-lost remains of Richard III in 2012—seeks to dispel the myths surrounding Cecily using previously unexamined contemporary sources.

Includes illustrations
Cecily Neville