What if Anne Neville had survived Richard…?

On the day that we commemorate the death of King Richard’s wife, Queen Anne Neville, some thoughts on what might have happened had she survived longer.
A comment posted below the original post suggests that she would have been treated similarly to the way her mother (the widow of Richard Neville, the Earl of Warwick, the Kingmaker, King Richard’s cousin) was treated. I suspect that’s most likely – but it wouldn’t necessarily have precluded contact with her sister-in-law in Flanders, Margaret of Burgundy, or support for so-called ‘Lambert Simnel’ and ‘Perkin Warbeck’.



Here is an interesting thought. What might have happened to Anne Neville had she outlived Richard? I quote:

“A question that arises is what would have happened to Anne had she lived? It is unlikely that her survival would have affected the result of Richard’s loss at Bosworth in any way and it is highly doubtful that she would have produced anymore children. Perhaps she would have become Elizabeth of York’s lady-in-waiting, or sought sanctuary until she was financially able to support herself or re-marry. Anne has remained an enigma, with her thoughts and opinions never heard.”

Yes, she is, was and probably ever will be, an enigma. And heaven knows how Henry “Tudor” would have treated her – by shoving her in Bermondsey with Elizabeth Woodville? Probably.

The quote is taken from here and regardless of its source being The “Tudor” Society, it is not biased against Richard…

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A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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