Facts about the princes in the tower

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facts about the princes in the tower

The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth by Matthew Lewis

The murder of the Princes in the Tower is the most famous cold case in English or British history. Traditionally considered victims of a ruthless uncle, there are other suspects too often and too easily discounted. There may be no definitive answer, but by delving into the context of their disappearance and the characters of the suspects, Matthew Lewis will examine the motives and opportunities afresh as well as ask a crucial but often overlooked question: what if there was no murder? What if Edward V and his brother Richard, Duke of York, survived their uncle’s reign and even that of their brother-in-law Henry VII? There are glimpses of their possible survival and compelling evidence to give weight to those theories which is considered alongside the possibility of their deaths to provide a rounded and complete assessment of the most fascinating mystery in history.
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Who Killed the Princes in the Tower? History Mystery #1

He Was Set To Be The Next King Of England – Until He And His Brother Vanished

The two brothers were the only sons of Edward IV, King of England and Elizabeth Woodville surviving at the time of their father's death in When they were 12 and 9 years old, respectively, they were lodged in the Tower of London by the man appointed to look after them, their uncle, the Lord Protector : Richard, Duke of Gloucester. This was supposedly in preparation for Edward's forthcoming coronation as king. However, before the young King could be crowned, he and his brother were declared illegitimate. Their uncle, Richard, ascended to the throne. It is unclear what happened to the boys after the last recorded sighting of them in the Tower. It is generally assumed that they were murdered; a common hypothesis is that they were killed by Richard in an attempt to secure his hold on the throne.

The problem was that he would also be re-legitimising her brothers and handing them a better, and probably more popular, claim to the throne he had just won. In light of this problem, it is striking that there was no recorded investigation or search for the bodies of the boys. The uncertainty over their fate would be demonstrated for more than a decade after Henry became king as pretenders appeared to threaten him. The Lambert Simnel Affair is traditionally remembered as an attempt to use an Oxford boy to impersonate Edward, Earl of Warwick, but there are a number of things that have never added up fully about this Yorkist plot. Why was her oldest son Thomas Grey, Marquis of Dorset arrested at the same time too?

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To the execution whereof he appointed Miles Forest, one of the four that kept them, a fellow fleshed in murder before time. The lodging of the boys in the Tower of London is not as sinister as it sounds. It was common practice for the uncrowned king to reside in the royal chambers in the Tower before a coronation. Once the sons of Edward IV had been declared illegitimate by Parliament, Richard had no need to seek their death. He was, however, responsible for their protection and it is possible to surmise that they were removed to some secret location, perhaps in the north of England or on the Continent.


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