Edward V of England

About Edward V of England

Who is it?: King of England
Birth Day: November 02, 1470
Birth Place: Westminster, British
Reign: 9 April 1483 – 26 June 1483
Predecessor: Edward IV
Successor: Richard III
Lord Protector: Richard, Duke of Gloucester
House: York
Father: Edward IV of England
Mother: Elizabeth Woodville
Religion: Roman Catholic

Edward V of England

Edward V of England was born on November 02, 1470 in Westminster, British, is King of England. Edward V served as the King of England for 86 days, from 9 April 1483 to 26 June 1483. He was subsequently dethroned and probably murdered by his uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. The eldest surviving son of Edward IV, Edward V was born while his father was in brief exile after being deposed by the Earl of Warwick. After Edward IV regained the throne, young Edward V was made Prince of Wales and was sent to Ludlow as the titular ruler of Wales and the Welsh Marches, where he stayed for the remainder of his father's reign. Upon his father’s ill-timed death, young Prince Edward ascended the throne at the age of 12, with his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, being appointed as his protector. After initial conflicts between Gloucester and the Woodville nobles for the possession of Edward V, Richard was soon effective in arresting the Woodville party and successfully gained custody of Edward and his younger brother. Both the young princes were held in the Tower of London which at that time functioned as a royal residence as well as a prison. Before being crowned as the King, young Edward V's brief reign came to an end when parliament accepted Richard’s claim that Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth was invalid and hence their children are illegitimate. Soon afterwards, the two princes mysteriously went missing from the Tower and the most generally believed theory relating to their disappearance was that they were murdered on Richard’s orders
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Popular As Edward V of England
Occupation Historical Personalities
Age 12 years old
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Born November 02, 1470 (Westminster, British)
Birthday November 02
Town/City Westminster, British
Nationality British

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In word and deed he gave so many proofs of his liberal education, of polite nay rather scholarly, attainments far beyond his age; ... his special knowledge of literature ... enabled him to discourse elegantly, to understand fully, and to declaim most excellently from any work whether in verse or prose that came into his hands, unless it were from the more abstruse authors. He had such dignity in his whole person, and in his face such charm, that however much they might gaze, he never wearied the eyes of beholders.



"Here lie the relics of Edward V, King of England, and Richard, Duke of York. These brothers being confined in the Tower of London, and there stifled with pillows, were privately and meanly buried, by the order of their perfidious uncle Richard the Usurper; their bones, long enquired after and wished for, after 191 years in the rubbish of the stairs (those lately leading to the Chapel of the White Tower) were on the 17th day of July AD 1674 by undoubted proofs discovered, being buried deep in that place. Charles II, a most compassionate king, pitying their severe fate, ordered these unhappy princes to be laid amongst the monuments of their predecessors, AD 1678, in the 30th year of his reign."


In 1789, workmen carrying out repairs in St George's Chapel, Windsor, rediscovered and accidentally broke into the vault of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. Adjoining this was another vault, which was found to contain the coffins of two children. This tomb was inscribed with the names of two of Edward IV's children: George, 1st Duke of Bedford, who had died at the age of 2; and Mary of York who had died at the age of 14. Both had died before the King. However, the remains of these two children were later found elsewhere in the chapel, leaving the occupants of the children's coffins within the tomb unknown.


Edward and his brother Richard's fate after their disappearance remains unknown, but the most widely accepted theory is that they were murdered on the orders of their uncle, King Richard. Thomas More wrote that the princes were smothered to death with their pillows, and his account forms the basis of william Shakespeare's play Richard III, in which Tyrrell murders the princes on Richard's orders. Subsequent re-evaluations of Richard III have questioned his guilt, beginning with william Cornwallis early in the 17th century. In the period before the boys' disappearance, Edward was regularly being visited by a doctor; Historian David Baldwin extrapolates that contemporaries may have believed Edward had died of an illness (or as the result of attempts to cure him). In the absence of hard evidence a number of other theories have been put forward, of which the most widely discussed are that they were murdered on the orders of the Duke of Buckingham or by Henry Tudor. However, Pollard points out that these theories are less plausible than the straightforward one that they were murdered by their uncle who in any case controlled access to them and was therefore regarded as responsible for their welfare. An alternative theory is that Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be a pretender to the throne, was indeed Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York as he claimed, having escaped to Flanders after his uncle's defeat at Bosworth to be raised with an aunt.

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