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Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law

Fashioning Tudor Queenship, 1485–1547

  • Provides valuable context for the historical evaluation of Tudor consorts

  • Examines the economic, political and diplomatic impact of the Tudor queens on the royal court and the realm's stability

  • Appeals to early modern scholars as well as non-specialists interested in Tudor studies


Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Retha M. Warnicke
    Pages 1-15
  3. Retha M. Warnicke
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  4. Retha M. Warnicke
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  5. Retha M. Warnicke
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  9. Retha M. Warnicke
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 251-291

About this book


This study of early modern queenship compares the reign of Henry VII’s queen, Elizabeth of York, and those of her daughters-in-law, the six queens of Henry VIII. It defines the traditional expectations for effective Tudor queens—particularly the queen’s critical function of producing an heir—and evaluates them within that framework, before moving to consider their other contributions to the well-being of the court. This fresh comparative approach emphasizes spheres of influence rather than chronology, finding surprising juxtapositions between the various queens’ experiences as mothers, diplomats, participants in secular and religious rituals, domestic managers, and more. More than a series of biographies of individual queens, Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law is a careful, illuminating examination of the nature of Tudor queenship. 


Elizabeth of York Tudor England Tudor women Tudor period Tudor history Henry VII Henry VIII Katherine of Aragon Anne Boleyn Tudor queens Jane Seymour Anne of Cleves Katherine Howard Katherine Parr

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.SHPRSArizona State UniversityTempeUSA

About the authors

Retha M. Warnicke is Professor of History at Arizona State University, USA. She is the author of several books on women:  Women of the English Renaissance and Reformation (1983); The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII (1989); The Marrying of Anne of Cleves: Royal Protocol in Tudor England (2000); and Wicked Women of Tudor England: Queens, Aristocrats, and Commoners (Palgrave, 2012).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Elizabeth of York and Her Six Daughters-in-Law
  • Book Subtitle Fashioning Tudor Queenship, 1485–1547
  • Authors Retha M. Warnicke
  • Series Title Queenship and Power
  • Series Abbreviated Title Queenship and Power
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56380-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85902-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56381-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 291
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    History of Britain and Ireland
    Cultural History
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“The book achieves its stated aim, placing these various elements of the consorts’ roles, life events, and agency side by side, often for the first time, and this will make it an excellent place to find factual information on these topics quickly. … this is a useful book, rearranging existing information thoughtfully into a thematic rather than a biographical comparison, and it should be placed on reading lists for any number of undergraduate courses dealing with queenship during this period.” (Nicola Clark, Royal Studies Journal, Vol. 6 (1), 2019)

“Warnicke examines the reigns of each of the seven Tudor queen consorts and how they performed their roles as patrons of religion; presided over celebrations; managed their households; and experienced marriage and childbirth. … Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above.” (D. R. Bisson, Choice, Vol. 55 (8), April, 2018)

“This novel study of Tudor queenship combines the author’s widely known meticulous research with an innovative comparative approach. Rather than a typical chronological narrative, Warnicke positions various Tudor queens with and against each other as their unique experiences warrant, and these juxtapositions yield one rich reading after another.” (Jo Carney, Professor of English, The College of New Jersey, USA)

“This important study, the first to analyze all seven Tudor queen consorts, examines their private and public lives while assessing their duties, power, and influence. Warnicke not only illuminates the role of the queen consort through time and across reigns but underscores the consort’s importance and centrality to court and country in Tudor England. This is an invaluable resource for any student or scholar of queenship and Tudor history.” (Sarah Duncan, Associate Professor of History, Spring Hill College, USA)