Formerly Lady Grey, she is the wife of King Edward IV and mother of Edward, prince of Wales, and Richard, duke of York, the king's two young heirs. She hates Richard for murdering her brother, Earl Rivers, and her sons; nevertheless, he persuades her to think of him as a suitor in marriage to her daughter Elizabeth. Queen Elizabeth's appearance in three out of the play's five acts spotlights Richard's ruthless quest for the throne, for as the king's wife and the mother of the king's heir, she has a direct interest in whether or not Richard will succeed. As early as Li, he is spreading...
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