"Would all were well - but that will never be" (1.3.41). In Act I, Elizabeth's main concern is the impending death of her husband. She voices her concerns about her future and the future of the kingdom, and wants everything to go back to the way it was before Edward IV fell ill and Richard became a threat. Although she knows she can not go back in time, that is her greatest desire.
Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.
Elizabeth of York (1466 - 1503). Wife of Henry Vll. Queen from 1486 - 1503. Mother of Arthur of Wales, Henry VIII, Margaret Tudor, and Mary Tudor. Her marriage to Henry VII ended the war of the roses. She was forced to share the role of queen with her mother-in-law, Margaret Beaufort.