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What happened to the two princes in the Tower of London?

In 1483, the sudden death of King Edward IV left the throne of England in the hands of his 12 year old son. Edward IV's son, Edward V, and his brother were taken into custody by their uncle at the Tower of London, and disappeared shortly after. Although there has been much speculation as to what happened to them over the years, no one truly knows the fate of the two princes.

The two princes were murdered

Many stood to gain from the deaths of the two young princes, and the list of suspects is limitless. That being said, there are a few notable suspects with proper means, motive, and opportunity.

The two princes were murdered by their uncle Richard III

The most commonly accepted theory is that Richard III murdered his two nephews in order to take control of the throne.

The princes were murdered by Margaret Beaufort

Margaret Beaufort, the intelligent and calculating mother of Henry Tudor, had the means and motive to carry out the murder of the two princes in order to secure her son the throne.

The princes survived

The princes' and their family understood the danger that the sudden death of Edward IV placed them in. Faced with the choice of either staying in power and living in fear, or fleeing for safety, the princes' could have either run away, or been hidden by their family.

The Princes' family hid them for protection

Many people would have profited from the death of the two princes. This is exactly why their family would have hidden them until they were old enough to fend for themselves.
This page was last edited on Thursday, 29 Oct 2020 at 08:12 UTC