A sensible TV study of what could have happened to the boys in the Tower….

Harry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham

While idling through the guide of Amazon Prime TV, I came upon a 2010 documentary series called Mystery Files. It was the first series, and episode four was entitled Royal Murders. Yes, it was the boys in the Tower.

Well, I debated about watching it, fearing another yawn loaded against Richard, but no! It was surprisingly even-handed, and really got to grips with the facts. It said that yes, Richard could have murdered the boys, but so could Buckingham and Henry Tudor, both of whom actually had more reason than Richard to be rid of them.

It tore Buckingham to shreds, virtually accusing him of being unbalanced and jealous. The picture above tells you all you need to know about the programme’s opinion of Harry Stafford!

Nor was it kind to Henry Tudor, whose claim to the crown was practically nonexistent, or indeed the entire Tudor dynasty, which was accused of constant and deliberate denigration of Richard in order to justify their own dodgy position.

At Bosworth, oddly, it was Northumberland alone who was accused of betraying Richard. Sir William Stanley was later mentioned as falling foul of Henry by conspiring with Perkin Warbeck. Warbeck was credited with actually being who he said he was, Richard, Duke of York., who, with his brother, had been spirited away abroad by Uncle Richard. Henry was accused of capturing, torturing and executing Perkin, knowing full well who he was.

So all in all, an excellent and unexpected little programme. If you can watch it, please do. There isn’t a You Tube screening in the UK for “copyright” reasons (but I think maybe readers in the US can see it). Nor have I been able to find it anywhere else, but here is the Imdb link to their page dealing with it https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1595415/.

3 comments

  1. Agreed. There’s no proof whatsoever that anyone was murdered. Someone knew where they were, and that they were very much alive.

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  2. I was quite interested reading about this programme, so immediately went on Prime to put it on my watchlist. I don’t know why, but for some reason it says ‘this video isn’t available at present’ so back to earth with a bump!
    I’ll keep an eye on it as you never know!

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