“The Princes in the Tower” by Alison Weir

The Princes in the Tower The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In the late 15th century, the 14-year-old King Edward V and his 12-year-old brother Richard, Duke of York, disappeared, imprisoned in the Tower of London by their uncle, Richard III, never to be seen again.

It is generally accepted that Richard ordered his nephews’ deaths in order to secure the throne for himself. This book looks at all the evidence of those few years of Richard’s reign to prove this.

All the evidence is circumstantial, but compelling. I don’t think there’s any doubt he removed the two boys as they were obstacles to his continued reign. However, it was the disappearance of the princes that proved to be his undoing when an upstart cousin named Henry Tudor (Henry VII) rallied enough support to overthrow Richard, thus beginning one of the greatest dynasties to ever rule England.

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