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Sarah J. Hodder
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I'm a writer, copyeditor and proofreader with many years experience in the publishing industry from typesetting and book design, copyediting and proofreading and more recently as a published author.  

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This is the tale of three generations of women, linked by their name, Elizabeth, and their family connections. Individually they each have their own fascinating story to tell; together their combined stories take us on a journey through a century of English life. Beginning in the reign of the great Plantagenet Kings and ending in the reign of perhaps England’s most famous dynasty, that of the Tudor Kings and Queens, these three women experienced some of the most exciting and troubled times in English history. From the birth of our first Elizabeth, to the death of our last, they lived through wars and coronations, births and deaths, celebration and tragedy. Mother, daughter and granddaughter - this is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Grey.

Publisher: Pen and Sword Books

'I would call this book history from the women’s point of view. The standard history books are full of politics, battles and male roles. Here we can read how the women felt when their men fought'.
Empress of History & Books: NetGalley review 

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Reviews of The Woodville Women: 100 Years of Plantagenet and Tudor History


Three generations of women: Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth of York and Elizbeth Grey.

Hodder digs deep into the record to go back multiple generations of Elizabeth Woodville's family, on both the paternal and maternal line, showing how she wasn't as low born as her enemies tried to make her out to be. Hodder tracks her rise from minor nobility to queen, and fairly paints a portrait of a woman who worked hard to try and help those she loved as well as having to deal with so much criticisms.

As we see her story play out we learn more and more about her eldest daughter, Elizabeth of York, who then goes on to be queen of England herself, thanks largely in part to her own mother's finagling. Hodder rejects previous portrayals of Elizabeth of York as powerless and in a cold marriage, showing just how close she and Henry VII grew and what she was able to do for the people around her.

And then, as we get into the reign of Henry VIII, Hodder explores the often overlooked life of Elizabeth Grey, granddaughter of Elizabeth Woodville and niece to Elizabeth of York. Due to this Elizabeth's marriage to the Earl of Kildare, she gets sucked into the violent bog of Irish politics, but she never just goes along with events, always working hard to protect her family and to try and keep them safe.

Hodder does a good job finding specifics about the lives of each woman, and when the record is sparse, she takes a wider view at what most women of the era were going through, showing both the lives of these specific women, but also showing how England changed in so many ways over these three generations. A fascinating study of the era and of this family.

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Coming soon....


The Sisters of Richard III: The Plantagenet Daughters of York.
A new look at the Wars of The Roses and the start of the Tudor era through the eyes of the York sisters, Anne, Elizabeth and Margaret.

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This book is the narrative of three women of York, sisters to not one, but two kings of England. Anne, Elizabeth and Margaret Plantagenet were the daughters of Richard, Duke of York and his wife, Cecily Neville, and therefore sisters to Edward IV and Richard III. These women watched from the side lines as their father challenged England’s anointed king and lost his life, as their brothers fought together for the throne of England and then amongst themselves and as the Plantagenet dynasty fell, making way for the reign of the Tudors. But they were not just bystanders; they have their own story to tell. Anne of York was married to the Lancastrian Duke of Exeter who sided against her father and brother, before finding later happiness, albeit briefly, with her second husband. Elizabeth of York married John de la Pole, Duke of Suffolk and became the mother of eleven children who would become thorns in the side of the Tudor Kings and Margaret of York became Duchess of Burgundy, a hugely influential woman in her adopted kingdom although she never stopped supporting her family back in England. Between them they witnessed and contributed to one of the most turbulent times in English history yet they have naturally been overshadowed by their more famous brothers. This is their story.

The Sisters of Richard III

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