Blanche of Burgundy

Royal Women and the Black Death

The Black Death peaked in Europe between the years 1347 and 1353.  It was the most fatal pandemic in human history, killing millions.  Not even royals were safe from this.  During these years, a handful of royals died from the bubonic plague.  Here are some royal women who died during these years.  For some of [read more]

Elizabeth Woodville

Did Elizabeth Woodville die of plague?

A newly discovered 500-year-old letter has revealed that Elizabeth Woodville – wife of King Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York – may have died of the plague. Elizabeth Woodville died in 1492 after spending the last years of her life in Bermondsey Abbey. At the time, her daughter, Elizabeth of York, was Queen [read more]