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The secret history of Eleanor Talbot, the woman at the heart of the controversy surrounding Richard III
Offering a solution to one of England's great mysteries, this book argues that Eleanor Talbot was married to Edward IV, and that therefore Edwardâ€™s subsequent marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was bigamous, making her children illegitimate. When Edward IV died in 1483, the Yorkist succession was called into question by doubts about the legitimacy of his son, Edward (one of the Princes in the Tower). The crown therefore passed to Edwardâ€™s undoubtedly legitimate younger brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. But Richard, too, found himself entangled in the web of uncertainty, since those who believed in the legitimacy of Edward IVâ€™s children viewed Richard IIIâ€™s own accession as usurpation.Â From the day when Edward IV married Eleanor, or pretended to do so, or allowed it to be whispered that he might have done so, the House of York, previously so secure in its bloodline, confronted a contentious and uncertain future.