How was Elizabeth Woodville and Edward 4's wedding a secret, when they had a note from the Pope (cause they were 2nd cousins)


Forum Staff
Aug 2016
It doesn't sound like it remained a secret for long. Maybe they just wanted a small, private wedding without the usual fuss and bother of a state occasion. The secret was that they told very few people beforehand. Afterwards, it no longer mattered who knew. I'm not finding any references to a papal dispensation, but I'm certainly no expert.

Tercios Espanoles

Ad Honorem
Mar 2014
Beneath a cold sun, a grey sun, a Heretic sun...
What "note from the pope" are you referring to? I've never heard of any.


Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
Las Vegas, NV USA
Was there ever a ban on second cousins? Perhaps first cousins before the Reformation. After the Reformation there was apparently no ban in England on royal first cousins marrying.