The Princes in the Tower - Chapters 19-21, Pretenders, Tyrell's Confession, The Skeletons in the Tower Summary & Analysis

Alison Weir (historian)
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Chapters 19-21, Pretenders, Tyrell's Confession, The Skeletons in the Tower Summary and Analysis

Chapter 19 discusses Henry VII's encounters with pretenders to the throne, which were dangers due to Henry's inability to display the bodies of the Princes. Many tried to impersonate Edward V and the Duke of York, such as Lambert Simnel. Elizabeth Wydville may have been involved in one of the attempts in order to secure financial and political gain. She was eventually deprived of her estates as a result and moved into an Abbey.

Later disaffected Yorkists started another rumor that the Princes were alive; in 1491, Perkin Warbeck pretended to be the Earl of Warwick and the Irish rallied behind him. Warbeck was caught and initially dealt with kindly. But the trouble did not cease and he was executed in 1499. Weir dismisses arguments that...

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