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Elizabeth of York (Queenship and Power) [Paperback]

Arlene Naylor Okerlund
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30 Nov 2011 Queenship and Power
This book tells the story of the queen whose marriage to King Henry VII ended England's Wars of the Roses and inaugurated the 118-year Tudor dynasty. Best known as the mother of Henry VIII and grandmother of Elizabeth I, this Queen Elizabeth contributed far beyond the act of giving birth to future monarchs. Her marriage to Henry VII unified the feuding houses of Lancaster and York, and her popularity with the people helped her husband survive rebellions that plagued his first decade of rule. Queen Elizabeth's gracious manners and large family created a warm, convivial Court marked by a rather exceptional fondness between the royal couple. Her love for music, literature, and architecture also helped inspire England's Renaissance.

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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; Reissue edition (30 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230120482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230120488
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 559,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arlene Okerlund, Professor Emerita of English, retired after a career of teaching Renaissance literature at San José State University in California. After several years in the classroom, she served six years as Dean, College of Humanities and the Arts, and seven years as Academic Vice President before returning to her first loves of teaching and research. The author of scholarly articles on Shakespeare, Spenser, Marlowe, Donne, and Dryden, Professor Okerlund also writes for popular audiences, including the newsletter of the Peninsula Banjo Band with which she plays tenor banjo.

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"This book is a welcome addition to the sparse literature about one of England's more dynastically important queens. Illuminating and fascinating." - Renaissance Quarterly

"Arlene Okerlund's lucid biography of Elizabeth of York draws on detailed research to provide a long overdue account of the tumultuous life of one of England's best loved queens. It is a compelling tale of Renaissance culture and ritual, intrigue and tragedy." - J. L. Laynesmith, Author of The Last Medieval Queens

"Arlene Naylor Okerlund's fine biography Elizabeth of York sheds important light on a largely forgotten figure who stood at the center of one of the most turbulent periods in English history… Written in an engaging, almost fictionlike style, this biography will have a broad appeal . . . It is unfortunate, however, that Elizabeth is so little remembered in her own right, but Arlene Naylor Okerlund's well-researched biography goes a long way toward remedying this historical shortcoming."  - The Journal of British Studies

"This work aims to rescue the queen from the perception that she was a merely marginal player in the establishment of the Tudor dynasty. Forced to negotiate complex family relationships while maintaining a loving relationship with her husband and king, Okerlund's Elizabeth emerges as a figure central to the accomplishments of the first Tudor court, so much so that her early death produced a catastrophe from which Henry never recovered. Okerlund's biography produces a lively narrative and a credible portrait of the queen's character together with a meticulous reassessment of the available evidence." - Gordon Kipling, Professor of English, University of California, Los Angeles

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The book draws on the author's impressive array of new research on Elizabeth

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3.0 out of 5 stars Elizabeth of York (Okerlund) 20 April 2014
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A slightly disappointing book. Whilst a couple of interesting documents have been used and there are a couple of interesting insights, this book fails to contribute much to the subject. The style is sentimental and rather old-fashioned (e.g. "Queen Elizabeth gave birth to a beautiful golden daughter"), and the author - a professor of English rather than history - is generally uncritical of the received Tudor account. I would have appreciated a book that scratched a bit harder beneath the surface.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Readable, well-documented biography of the first Tudor queen 11 Jun 2013
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Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor Queen and progenitor of such luminaries as Henry VIII and granddaughter Elizabeth I, has long deserved a comprehensive biography. Her traumatic early life spanned the Wars of the Roses. Her subsequent marriage to Henry VII resolved that turbulent period of England's history by uniting the York and Lancaster families. Arlene Okerlund's biography clearly and compellingly establishes Elizabeth's role in assuring the stability of the nation's nascent Tudor monarchy.

Drawing on original sources that are frequently quoted and always well documented, Elizabeth of York explores the reputed love affair with her uncle Richard III, the life of her son Arthur (who first married Katherine of Aragon and created the controversy that led to Henry VIII's divorce), and her long and happy marriage to Henry VII, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.

Genealogical charts and tables provide a helpful orientation to the necessarily complex cast of characters who lived and ruled during this transformative era of English history. For a reader who desires a readable and thoroughly documented introduction to the biography of Elizabeth of York, Arlene Okerlund's is the place to begin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a scholarly review 28 Sep 2013
By denise k - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a scholarly review of the life and times of Elizabeth of York. Of course it isn't a trashy historial noval but instead deals with the rumours about Elizabeth ie her relationship with her mother in law, husband and Richard III with reference to other sources. Although I initially thought the style dry I did get enthralled with the details that Okerlund came up with ie frequent travelling between courts, negotiations for the chlldren's marriages. What came through was that Elizabeth of York was adaptive and very much loved - not only by her children but by her subjects. Okerfund made the point that how we view Henry VII (of being tight with money) really came after his wife's death. Excellent read.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading 30 Sep 2013
By sharp_wit - Published on Amazon.com
When purchasing this book, I was excited with the expectation of learning something about this little known queen. Unfortunately, my expectations were never realized. While this book misleadingly masquerades itself as a long overdue biography, it is anything but. Rather, this is a long and boorish dry read of the world surrounding Elizabeth of York. Very rarely do readers ever learn a single fact about the book's supposed subject, yet when they do, it is disturbingly unsatisfying and too little too late. This is the book for you if you wish to know about the people that were a part of this obscure queen's life, but if you wish to learn about the queen herself, then you shall find yourself bitterly disappointed. I suggest you skip over this book and wait for Alison Weir's--the world's premier Tudor expert--upcoming biography entitled "Elizabeth of York: A Tudor Queen and Her World" due to be released on the 3rd of December.
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