Guest Author - Rebecca Graf
If you donít know what Iím referring to, then you havenít followed British conspiracy theories. This goes back hundreds and hundreds of years to the time the Tudors came to the throne. Edward IV was dying. His son was to become king, but being a minor Edward made his brother Richard protector. From there, all manners of suspicious activities occurred leading to one of the greatest mysteries in history.
Edward V was only twelve years old when he assumed the throne. His reign was extremely short as claims from his uncle, the protector, were heard and recognized stating that Edward IVís marriage to the new kingís mother was never legal. That meant that he was not the rightful heir to the throne. Richard was the next in line.
Even before Richard officially claimed the throne, Edward V and his brother were being seen less and less. It wasnít long after Richard was king that the two young princes were seen no more. Put into the Tower of London for Ďprotectioní, their whereabouts are still unknown.
Did Richard have them killed?
Where they secreted away to safety?
Did Henry Tudor or his mother have them killed?
Where are the princes in the tower?
Unless a letter is discovered or other concrete evidence proving the death of the boys, the world will never know. The only thing we know for certain is they are dead. Did they die as small children or as adults in a foreign land? We will never know.
The idea of Richard killing them has become a fight between two camps. Many believe that Richard was completely innocent while others believe he was the devil incarnate. The truth is that it all depends on your perception of the controversial British ruler. Richard could have had the interest of the boys at heart in his decision to put them in the tower. He might have unwittingly led them to their deaths. Or he could have planned it all to get the throne. He had the motive. He had the opportunity. Henry had the motive, too, but his opportunity was less than Richards.
Edward V and his brother were targets for many people. The truth is that anyone who wanted that throne had to get them out of the way. If they were secreted away, they would have had to let the throne go forever. What legitimate ruler
would allow that?
The truth? We will never know, but we can have debating our own ideas.