Divergent Series by Veronica Roth
The assassinated children of King Edward IV, who were buried beneath a stone staircase
Elizabeth Woodville's surprise marriage to Edward IV kept his advisors from arranging a marriage to connect Edward to a powerful family. Instead, Elizabeth Woodville's rise led to her family gaining many favors. She herself was descended on the paternal side from a less powerful family among the nobility. Follow the connections of Elizabeth Woodville's family on the following pages. She died on June 8, He was born about
More than five centuries have passed since, and people might still wonder: what exactly happened with the two children of King Edward IV, who reigned England from until his sudden death in the spring of ? The two princes, both heirs to the English throne, vanished just months after their father passed away. One of the most popular theories, widely accepted among historians, has been that King Richard III, brother of Edward IV and uncle of the boys, was responsible for their death. He was never held accountable for such a wrongdoing, though many deemed he had just enough motives to proceed with an unthinkable crime. Edward V, the older of the two princes, at only 12 years of age, was declared King Edward V of England. His resolution to the ensuing conflict to control the young king was to ambush the group as they were traveling with to London Edward and his 9-year-old brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York. Richard put forward his claim to the that the marriage of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville was invalid, therefore the princes were illegitimate and as such could not take the throne.
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He was the first Yorkist king. As a child, he grew up during the early phases of the Wars of the Roses , with his father Richard, 3rd Duke of York claiming to be the rightful heir to the throne in opposition to Henry VI. Richard had multiple times been offered, and later denied, the throne. A series of Yorkist military victories led, in , to the Act of Accord , in which Henry VI disinherited his own son Edward of Westminster and recognized Richard as his heir. The war continued, however, under the leadership of Henry VI's wife Margaret of Anjou , and only a few weeks later Richard was killed in battle, his claims to the throne devolving to his own son Edward.
Elizabeth Woodville also spelled Wydville , Wydeville , or Widvile [nb 1] c. At the time of her birth, her family was of middle rank in the English social hierarchy. Edward was the first king of England since the Norman Conquest to marry one of his subjects,   and Elizabeth was the first such consort to be crowned queen. This hostility turned into open discord between King Edward and Warwick, leading to a battle of wills that finally resulted in Warwick switching allegiance to the Lancastrian cause, and to the execution of Elizabeth's father Richard Woodville in After the death of her husband in , Elizabeth remained politically influential even after her son, briefly proclaimed King Edward V of England , was deposed by her brother-in-law, Richard III. Edward and his younger brother Richard both disappeared soon afterward, and are presumed to have been murdered.