This topic is an activity guide of AQA History Unit 2B and part of the Women of the Wars tasks usually set in class and for homework. However, it can be used for any exam board running the Wars of the Roses module.
It is usually set as a task whilst studying 'The Triumph of the Yorkists 1461-71' module.
It is an A* grade response to the task set in schools to research these letters and the people that wrote them, in this case Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and one of the most contentious women of the period.
This topic is a classic case study of politics, motivations and consequences during the Wars of the Roses, which is why it is usually set as a homework task.
The issues discussed are:
The Woodville genealogy
Elizabeth's mother, Jacquetta of Luxembourg
The legitimacy of the marriage and its consequences
Her role after Edward died
Primarily (as in all historical topics) the economic, social and political issues. Secondly, an OVERVIEW of the hierarchy of the time (the social structure that existed in mid-fifteenth century society) and background knowledge is necessary to be able to write essays with authority. And finally, a study the factions is vital - who changed sides and how did this affect the outcome of this module; the authority - or lack of, and the legitimacy - who had the best ‘right’ to rule, and why certain claimants were supported by certain factions.
To use this guide, please have the Tudor, Woodville and Valois genealogy guides close to hand. The Lancaster and York genealogy guides will also prove useful. Other useful guides are mentioned below. If they are not in shop, they can be provided on request.
This guide is FOURTEEN pages long and fully annotated/referenced, with further reading options and 'check yourself' questions at the end to aid understanding.