Linda Porter

Tending the White Rose

Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen

By Alison Weir

Jonathan Cape 556pp £20 order from our bookshop

Elizabeth of York was the first Tudor queen consort and played a crucial role in establishing the new dynasty, but she has been strangely overlooked by historians until now. The general impression has always been of a passive beauty who grew plump with child-bearing, was completely dominated by her overbearing mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort, and was perhaps not entirely trusted by her husband, Henry VII, who had married her to bolster his hold on the throne of England.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter