Bridget was the seventh daughter and youngest of the ten children, of King Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville.
She was born on the 10th November 1480, at Eltham Palace.
Bridget had six older sisters, of whom only four reached adulthood.
Elizabeth, Cecily and Anne.
Mary died at the age of 14 from an illness in 1482.
Margaret died in infancy in 1472.
Bridget also had five brothers.
Her two older brothers were Edward V and Richard, who disappeared from the Tower of London in 1483, during the reign of their uncle, Richard III.
Bridget's younger brother, George, died at about two years of age.
John and Richard Grey, were Bridget's two half-blooded elder brothers, from her mother's first marriage to John Grey.
Bridget was born during the most peaceful days of her father's reign.
Bridget's position as a princess of York, seemed charmed and secure.
This changed on 9th April 1483, when Bridget was not even three years old and her father Edward IV, died suddenly.
This was followed by a political crisis that dramatically changed the position of Bridget's mother, the former queen Elizabeth Woodville, and her children.
Bridget's older brother Edward V who succeeded to the throne, was taken by his uncle, Lord Protector Richard Duke of Gloucester.
Edward V was placed in The Tower of London, where he was later joined by brother, Richard.
During the night of 2930th April, fearing Richard Duke of Gloucester, Elizabeth Woodville took her daughters, and fled to Westminster Abbey claiming sanctuary.
She took with her, as much treasure and other possessions, she could carry.
On 22nd June 1483, Richard had the marriage of his brother Edward IV with Elizabeth Woodville declared illegal.
All the children of the late king were declared illegitimate by the act of parliament 'Titulus Regius' and deprived of the right to the throne and all titles.
On 6th July 1483, Richard of Gloucester was proclaimed king under the name of Richard III.
Bridget's brothers, still locked up in the Tower, would disappear forever.
On 1st March 1484, King Richard swore publicly that the daughters of his late brother, would not be harmed or molested.
They would be placed in respectable places of good name and reputation, and later be married to men of noble birth.
The princesses with great joy, agreed to leave the gloomy sanctuary, and go under the care of their gracious uncle.
According to the generally accepted version, Bridget and her sisters were transported to the royal palace under the protection of Richard III.
But there is a version according to which Bridget and her older sister Catherine remained with their mother, after leaving the sanctuary.
Then, in 1485, the world shifted again......
The Plantagenet dynasty, which had begun in 1154, came to an end when Richard III was killed in the Battle of Bosworth by the forces of Henry Tudor.
Henry Tudor became the new king by right of conquest.
Bridget's eldest sister Elizabeth, married Henry Tudor, and became Queen consort of England.
Henry VII began to make matrimonial plans for his wife's relatives.
Initially Bridget was considered as one of the two possible brides of James Duke of Rothesay ~ and heir to the Scottish throne.
When Bridget expressed her strong desire to become a nun, her sister Anne was chosen as the bride instead.
In her desire to enter a monastery, Bridget was supported by the mother of Henry VII, Lady Margaret Beaufort.
Around 1489, Bridget entered Dartford Priory, to study religious orders.
In 1492, the princess, who was not yet twelve years old, briefly left the monastery to attend her mother's funeral.
Bridget, among other mourners, accompanied her mother's body by water to Windsor.
After she attended Mass, she returned to Dartford Priory.
Much of Bridget's life after this is relatively unknown.
Bridget died and was buried in Dartford Priory, the cause of her death is unknown.
Sadly, the exact date of the princess' death is also unclear.
However, recent research proved that Bridget was dead by December 1507, when her brother-in-law King Henry VII, paid for a stone to cover her grave.
Bridget was laid to rest in the choir of the priory church.
The tombstone laid on the floor of the choir, was probably destroyed, or reused in 1541.
This was during the English Reformation, when Dartford Priory was largely demolished, and remodelled as a royal manor house for Bridget's nephew, Henry VIII.
Princess Bridget of York as a Nun at Dartford Priory