The Princes in the Tower - Chapters 17-18, An Incestuous Passion, A Dark Prince Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 17-18, An Incestuous Passion, A Dark Prince Summary and Analysis

In 1484, Elizabeth of York turned eighteen. She had a great reputation for beauty and intelligence. Richard III's wife Anne was on her deathbed and Elizabeth Wydville thought to marry Elizabeth of York to Richard in the absence of Henry Tudor. While Anne was sick, Richard and his niece quickly developed a passionate connection. Richard also perceived the benefits of marrying Elizabeth in order to neutralize the threat of Henry Tudor.

Richard, however, was to be invaded within the year, which made the desirability of marriage more urgent. Elizabeth of York responded positively; it is not known how she did so given the murder of her brothers. The people were disgusted by the idea. At the time the church permitted an uncle and niece to marry with a...

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