Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.

What Really Happened to the Princes in the Tower?

Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.

The chapel where Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville were married.| Church of St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The chapel where Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville were married.| Church of St Mary the Virgin, Grafton Regis | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

"Would all were well - but that will never be" (1.3.41). In Act I, Elizabeth's main concern is the impending death of her husband. She voices her concerns about her future and the future of the kingdom, and wants everything to go back to the way it was before Edward IV fell ill and Richard became a threat. Although she knows she can not go back in time, that is her greatest desire.

"Would all were well - but that will never be" (1.3.41). In Act I, Elizabeth's main concern is the impending death of her husband. She voices her concerns about her future and the future of the kingdom, and wants everything to go back to the way it was before Edward IV fell ill and Richard became a threat. Although she knows she can not go back in time, that is her greatest desire.

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV, mother of Elizabeth of York, and maternal grandmother of Henry VII close to end of war of the roses, mother of the 2 princes in the tower

Elizabeth Woodville Queen of Edward IV, mother of Elizabeth of York, and maternal grandmother of Henry VII close to end of war of the roses, mother of the 2 princes in the tower

16th century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

16th century portrait of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and mother of Elizabeth of York

The Athenaeum - Elizabeth Woodville, Wife of Edward IV (Thomas Hudson - )

The Athenaeum - Elizabeth Woodville, Wife of Edward IV (Thomas Hudson - )

Elizabeth Woodville (1437 — 1492), Queen Consort of England #twq

Elizabeth Woodville (1437 — 1492), Queen Consort of England #twq

Men go to battle. Women wage war.     #my queen#elizabeth woodville#the white queen

Men go to battle. Women wage war. #my queen#elizabeth woodville#the white queen

Why did Henry VII bury his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville, quietly upon her death in 1492? For the same reason she was retired to a convent during the earlier Lambert Simnel crises - she was a reminder of the past glories of the house of York. More from Leanda de Lisle: http://blog.leandadelisle.com/post/97166303006/why-did-henry-vii-bury-elizabeth-woodville-quietly

Why did Henry VII bury his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville, quietly upon her death in 1492? For the same reason she was retired to a convent during the earlier Lambert Simnel crises - she was a reminder of the past glories of the house of York. More from Leanda de Lisle: http://blog.leandadelisle.com/post/97166303006/why-did-henry-vii-bury-elizabeth-woodville-quietly

Tomb of Elizabeth Woodville

Tomb of Elizabeth Woodville

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