Lucy, Elizabeth (fl. 1460s)

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Lucy, Elizabeth (fl. 1460s)

English royal mistress. Name variations: Elizabeth Waite or Wayte; Elizabeth Shore. Born Elizabeth Waite of humble origins in the Southampton area of London before 1445; dau. of Thomas Waite or Wayte, a minor Hampshire gentleman; m. Sir William Lucy (died 1492); mistress of Edward IV (1442–1483), king of England (r. 1461–1483); children: (with Edward) Arthur Plantagenet (d. 1541), 1st Viscount L'Isle; Elizabeth Plantagenet (b. around 1464 and married Thomas Lumley); Grace Plantagenet (d. 1492).

Had an affair with Edward IV, king of England, from around his accession in 1461 to his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville in 1464.