The Survival of the Princes in the Tower: Murder, Mystery and Myth by Matthew LewisThe 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.
Princes in the Tower
British Broadcasting Corporation Home. Shortly after Edward was crowned Edward V, he and his brother disappeared and were never seen alive again. Edward was born in London in His brother Richard, Duke of York, was born in in Shrewsbury. Edward IV had come to the throne as a result of the Wars of the Roses and managed to restore a certain amount of stability to the country. Edward's uncle, his father's brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was named as protector.
Yet are we witnessing historic fact, dramatic licence or retrospective Tudor propaganda to discredit King Richard? So what did happen to the Princes? The gist of the story is well known: King Edward IV dies unexpectedly in April , leaving his year-old son Edward to inherit the throne. Events move fast. Thus ends the turbulent era of dynastic dispute known as the Wars of the Roses and the momentous Tudor age dawns. The fate of the Princes has divided opinion for centuries.
Battle of Britain
The prince and the duke were 12 and 9 respectively when their father, King Edward IV, died suddenly in , leaving his young son to become Edward V of England. Although the House of York managed to triumph over their rivals and put their own king back in power, tensions still boiled beneath the surface and succession was a tricky affair. The heir was taken to the Tower of London, where monarchs had traditionally spent the night before their coronation since the 14th century. Wikimedia Commons Despite its dark reputation as a prison, the Tower of London had earlier served as a lavish royal residence. Charles II, the reigning king at the time, accepted the widely-approved theory that these were the bodies of the missing princes and had them interred in Westminster Abbey. So who had murdered the two York princes? Victorian depiction of the two young princes who vanished from history.