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Subject: Re: Fw: Was Elizabeth of York Heiress to the Throne?
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 20:00:23 EST
In a message dated 2/2/2008 4:32:58 P.M. Pacific Standard Time,
My guess is that Elizabeth of York _was_ heir. Henry VII married her because
she was the senior heir of the House of York.
She was heir when she was born until her brother Edward V was born and then
became heir again after the disappearance of her two brothers. The mother of
Henry VII signed herself as though she was queen, implying that she _really_
should have been queen before her son.
heir presumptive and heir apparent.
An heir only occurs when they inherit.
But in general was a woman considered "in that time" to even be able to be
heir presumptive to the throne? Don't we have to go back to Matilda to find
this? Was any prior woman actually stated, in her time, to be heir
presumptive? Or is this editor creating a "modern view" that de jure she would be heir
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