Elizabeth of York
Spouses Charles II de Valois, Duke of Orléans

m. April 1542

Elisabeth d'Orléans

Anne d'Orléans
Charles, Duke of Orléans
Margaret d'Orléans
Francis, Count of Angoulme

House House of Tudor (by birth)

House of Valois (by marriage)

Father Edmund, Duke of York
Mother Anne Boleyn
Born 23 March 1527
York Palace, England
Died 19 June 1583 (aged 56)
Château de Cognac
Burial Saint Denis Basilica
Religion Anglican, later Roman Catholic

Elizabeth of York (23 March 1527 - 19 June 1583) was the eldest daughter of Edmund Tudor by his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She had two elder half-sisters by her father's first marriage, Joan and Margaret.

Early Life

Elizabeth of York was born at York Palace on 23 March 1527, the second child of Anne Boleyn and Edmund Tudor. From birth, her uncle Henry VIII began to plan a marital alliance for her. Her sister Margaret was betrothed to the Duke of Orleans, but her father was against the match, wanting to keep Joan and Margaret close to him. Her mother Anne was extremely pro-France and offered to send her daughter Elizabeth in place of Margaret. Edmund was more inclined to accept this proposal and the betrothal was agreed upon in 1529. Margaret was jealous of her younger half-sisters, all of whom received foreign marriages. Elizabeth got along with Joan very well, and was the godmother of her only child, Henry, 7th Earl of Northumberland. Her cousin Mary disliked her because of her frivolous nature and the fact that she was eleven years younger than Mary and she would be married before her.

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