Elizabeth of York performed her queenly role to perfection, understanding exactly what was required of her, and conforming seemingly effortlessly to the late medieval ideal of queenship, which constrained her to a role that was essentially decorous, symbolic and dynastic. She was beautiful, devout, fertile and kind – the traditional good queen.
I know no ways to mince it in
love, but directly to say, “I love you.” Then if you urge me
farther than to say, “Do you, in faith?” I wear out my suit.
Give me your answer, i’ faith, do; and so clap hands and a
bargain. How say you, lady?