Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III by Michael HicksAnne Neville was queen to England’s most notorious king, Richard III. She was immortalized by Shakespeare for the remarkable nature of her marriage, a union which brought together a sorrowing widow with her husband’s murderer. Anne’s misfortune did not end there. In addition to killing her first husband, this fascinating new biography also reveals how Richard also helped kill her father, father-in-law, and brother-in-law, imprisoned her mother, and was suspected of poisoning Anne herself. Dying before the age of 30, Anne Neville packed into her short life incident enough for many adventurous careers, but was always the passive instrument of others’ evil intentions. In this book, Annes story is told in her own right, uncovering the real wife of Richard III.
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Below are facts about the forgotten queen. Exactly what Neville looked like is unknown, but she is described as beautiful by John Rous—a chronicler who actually knew her. The combination of their noble birth and future inheritance made both young Anne and her sister Isabel highly desirable for marriage. The engagements were broken when Warwick rebelled against Edward IV. After the rebellion, the Earl of Warwick had to do something to prove his loyalty to the new King Henry VI, and more importantly, his queen, Margaret of Anjou, who was understandably not fully convinced that he really had switched to their side of the war.
She was a key figure, if more or less a pawn, in the Wars of the Roses. Anne Neville was born June 11, , at Warwick Castle in London, England, and likely lived there and in other castles held by her family while she was a child. She did attend various formal celebrations, including the feast celebrating the marriage of Margaret of York in They had no sons, only two daughters, of whom Anne Neville was the younger, and Isabel — the elder. These daughters would inherit a fortune, and thus their marriages were especially important in the royal marriage game. Edward married Elizabeth Woodville in , surprising Warwick, who had plans for a more advantageous marriage for him. Henry's queen, Margaret of Anjou , was heading the Lancastrian effort from France.
Born : 11 th June at Warwick Castle. This is where Anne and Richard met, but there is no record of their reaction to each other.
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By the time of Bosworth, he had not remarried after the death of Queen Anne. Elizabeth, of course, had a far stronger claim to the English throne than his own, for which reason she had to be rendered submissive to his authority; she could have been his greatest threat — instead, she became his wife — but that fact was obviously never forgotten by King Henry. This account has come down to us from Polydore Vergil, although possible Tudor exaggeration must also be taken into consideration here, to allow for further intent to vilify Richard, given the fact that Vergil was writing for Henry VII. Perhaps it was the death of her son, which weakened Queen Anne Neville; we simply do not know. It is possible that grief may have debilitated her nervous system, making her more susceptible to a medieval infection. She features in the famous Rous Roll, illustrated on several occasions.
Anne Neville is one of the most inconspicuous queens in English history. There is little documentation with reference to her and few comments made by ambassadors, chroniclers or other contemporaries. There are no reliable portraits of Anne or personal letters that may express her opinions or beliefs. She also seems to have died under rather mysterious circumstances with no definitive cause of death being given. This article will encompass the last months of Anne's shadowy life, starting from the end of Her attendants now included the former King Edward IV's daughter Elizabeth and perhaps a few of her younger sisters, such as Cecily, who had been freed from sanctuary by her mother the previous March.