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  •  the claimed first marriage (3+ / 0-)
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    Cartoon Peril, citylights, MrLiberal

    was never proved, and the evidence was anecdotal at best. the better claim would be mary of scotland's, but salic law applied according to each moment's need.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:09:23 PM PST

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    •  EdIV was a randy dude and he could have said (3+ / 0-)
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      LSophia, tardis10, MrLiberal

      just about anything to get a woman to cooperate.  He married in secret Elizabeth Woodville, who was not very important, and gave up the prospect of a brilliant foreign marriage.  This ticked off his former ally, Warwick, which eventually let to the (temporary) loss of EdIV's throne.  So I don't think EdIV was incapable of doing something hotheaded.

      You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

      by Cartoon Peril on Sun Feb 03, 2013 at 05:25:19 PM PST

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    •  Not a marriage (3+ / 0-)
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      Laurence Lewis, MrLiberal, vcmvo2

      It was a plight-troth (a betrothal) and a bishop testified to it.  Edward IV had the same bishop (Stillington) thrown into jail, right around the time he executed his own brother, George of Clarence.

      A prior betrothal would have been enough to render Edward IV's kids illegitimate.

      Why he didn't just brazen it out and work with the Pope to have his children legitimized (as did his celebrated ancestor, John of Gaunt) is beyond me.

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