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The “mysterious” disappearance of Edward V….?


I have a number of beefs about the following extract from this article, which concerns eight unsolved royal mysteries. No, not about the present family, as shown in the above illustration (which is from the article). In the list, the third one is all that is of interest to Ricardians:-

“….3. The mysterious disappearance of King Edward V — shortly after he ascended the throne, his uncle, the Duke of Gloucester and ‘protector of the realm,’ sent him and his younger brother to London ‘for their protection.’ After the brothers were never seen again, the duke declared himself King Richard III….”

Firstly, I don’t really think Edward V ascended the throne. He never was the anointed king. This required a coronation. Secondly, we have the usual inference that Richard did away with his nephews. Thirdly, the younger boy wasn’t sent to London, he was already there. Fourthly, Richard accompanied the older boy to London, fully intending to arrange his coronation. Subsequent events took over, and Richard was invited to take the throne because he was the legitimate heir!

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5 thoughts on “The “mysterious” disappearance of Edward V….?

  1. blancsanglier on said:

    Richard had coins minted in the name of Edward V, I doubt he would do that if planning to ‘usurp’ the throne? Wasn’t Edward installed in the Tower prior to his coronation because that was normal practice? It was a Royal Palace not a prison, so not sure why he would be taken there ‘for his protection’…..

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  2. Jo Quarcoopome on said:

    One of Richard’s first acts on hearing his brother was dead was to have the northern notables, himself being first, take the oath of allegiance to young Edward. This also was not the act of a man who intended to usurp the throne.

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  3. Glenis Brindley on said:

    I don’t want to read any more of these things badmouthing Richard, it’s getting too much.


  4. Gary on said:

    “Firstly, I don’t really think Edward V ascended the throne. He never was the anointed king.”

    Queen Victoria died on the Isle of Wight at Osborne House. Her eldest son, Edward, was on a boat to go there and noticed that the Royal Standard was at half mast on the craft. He asked why and was told that “the Queen was dead.” He replied “The King lives” and the standard was immediately raised.

    Realize this was centuries later but I doubt that Henry V or VIII thought that they were not king on the death of their fathers.


    • Laura on said:

      I have always thought this story is quite poignant – Bertie was then 59 years old and at that time was the oldest-ever heir apparent (Charles, of course, now has that record) and although he loved his mother he had been waiting decades for something official to do as his mother wouldn’t let him do anything of importance. This incident actually happened as Victoria’s body was being returned to the mainland after her death. The powers-that-be thought Bertie would be a total disaster, but instead His Majesty Edward VII was a remarkably successful King.


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