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Edward IV encounter with Elizabeth Woodville, Lady Grey This image is a posterized digitization of a wall painting in Grafton Village Hall. It depicts the moment when Yorkist king Edward IV allegedly fell for his future queen in the forest of Whittlewood in Northamptonshire. The tree behind them is a famous oak (known as The Queen’s Oak) which was said to have stood in the Grafton Estate for several hundred years.

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King Edward IV of England. Considered quite handsome in his day.He was the son of Richard, Duke of York, by Cicely Neville. A ladies man and fond of pleasure, he married the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, the first English monarch to marry a commoner since before 1066. He died on 9 April 1483 of natural causes.

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Tomb of Elizabeth Woodville - British monarch, Queen consort of King Edward IV. at St. George's Chapel, Windsor, Berkshire, UK

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One of two surviving crowns of the this period. This belonged to Princess Margaret, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.

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King Edward IV - 1442 - 1483, the first Yorkist King of England, having battled the Lancastrian challenge to his throne in 1471, and then reigning in peace until his death.

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King Edward IV & his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville at Reading Abby, 1464. Mnemonic to remember the Royal Houses of England and Great Britain: Never A Plan Like Yours To Study Oral History So Wisely = Norman, Angevin, Plantagenet, Lancaster, YORK, Tudor, Stuart, Orange, Hanover, Saxe-Coburg, Windsor

"Would all were well - but that will never be" (1.3.41). In Act I, Elizabeth's main concern is the impending death of her husband. She voices her concerns about her future and the future of the kingdom, and wants everything to go back to the way it was before Edward IV fell ill and Richard became a threat. Although she knows she can not go back in time, that is her greatest desire.

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Signet ring of the Black Prince. In 1337, Edward, the Black Prince was created Duke of Cornwall, taking precedence over all earls. Dukedoms were reserved for members of the Royal Family until 1387, when Robert de Vere, 9th Earl of Oxford, the favourite of Richard II, was created Duke of Ireland for life. De Vere had previously been created Marquess of Dublin for life, making him the first person to hold a dignity of such a rank between Dukes and Earls.

The chapel where Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville were married.| Church of St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!