The Killer of the Princes in the Tower: A New Suspect Revealed

The Killer of the Princes in the Tower: A New Suspect Revealed


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The disappearance of two boys during the summer of 1483 has never been satisfactorily explained. They were Edward, Prince of Wales, nearly thirteen at the time, and his brother, Richard of York, nearly ten. With their father, Edward IV, dying suddenly at forty, both boys had been catapulted into the spotlight of fifteenth-century politics, which was at once bloody and unpredictable.

Thanks to the work of the hack 'historians' who wrote for Henry VII, the first Tudor, generations grew up believing that the boys were murdered and that the guilty party was their wicked uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Richard crowned himself King of England in July 1483, at which time the boys were effectively prisoners in the Tower of London.

After that, there was no further sign of them.

Over the past 500 years, three men in particular have been accused of the boys' murders - Richard of Gloucester; Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond; and Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham. The evidence against them would not stand up in a court of law today, but the court of history is much less demanding and most fingers remain pointed squarely at Richard of Gloucester.

This book takes a different approach, the first to follow this particular line of enquiry. It is written as a police procedural, weighing up the historical evidence without being shackled to a particular 'camp'. The supposition has always been made that the boys were murdered for political reasons. But what if that is incorrect? What if they died for other reasons entirely? What if their killer had nothing to gain politically from their deaths at all?

And, even more fascinatingly, what if the princes in the Tower were not the only victims?

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  • Bonnie DeMoss

    This is an interesting take on the killer of the Princes in the Tower, referring to Prince and heir to the throne Edward V and his brother Richard. in 1483. The author lays out a good case for a never...

  • Juliew.

    This author seemed to be very pro ricardian and not a fan of Henry VII and didn't mince words about it.Just putting that out there.There are however some interesting theories in here.I liked how the a...

  • Helen

    The fate of the Princes in the Tower – Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York – remains one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of all time. Reportedly last seen in the grounds of t...

  • Melisende

    I came to this from reading Trow's earlier book on Richard III - Richard III in the North - However, this tome covers the mystery of the princes in the tower. Using the time honoured technique of anal...

  • Kara

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy from Netgalley; the below review is my own opinion.High marks for thoroughness and creativity. I absolutely don't agree with Trow's conclusion of who did it, but I a...

  • Theediscerning

    I'm writing this not from my usual ignorance, for I do have some knowledge of the Richard III stories. I have performed for 3,000 at Bosworth; I walked past the King's coffin twice before he was re-in...

  • Jean-Luc

    In "The Killer of the princes in the tower", the coldest, the most frozen and the most unresolved cold case in English history, is given a new lease of life by the talented novelist and historian M J ...

  • Christine Cazeneuve

    Thank you to NetGalley, the author and publisher for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest review.This is a hard book to review without giving away spoilers. What I can say is the author has a terrific ...

  • Shannon

    I was interested in reading this book because, like everyone who has ever watched "The White Queen," or read Alison Weir's "The Princes In The Tower," or Josephine Tey's "The Daughter Of Time," I want...

  • Lisa

    This is an unusual take on this great historical mystery. Trow delves into the myths about Richard III and his motives for becoming King. At times I felt that he was a bit too sympathetic, but his ext...