Thursday, February 7, 2013

The Princes in the Tower and the King Under the Car Park




If you've read The Darkness Dwellers, you may have spotted a reference to the two boys known as the "Princes in the Tower." When their father, King Edward IV, died in 1470, the princes were heirs to the throne of England. The eldest, Edward V, was 12 years old. His brother was 9. The princes were moved to the infamous Tower of London by their uncle Richard. Richard claimed he was only trying to protect the boys. Then he took the throne for himself. The princes were never seen again.

Rumors flew, but no one was ever able to prove that Richard III murdered his nephews. Two hundred years later, a pair of little skeletons were discovered buried in a wooden box not far from the White Tower. A witness claimed that the bones had "pieces of rag and velvet about them."

We don't know for certain that the skeletons belonged to the princes. But it's safe to say that the boys never received a proper burial.

Fortunately, karma caught up with Richard III. He held the throne for only two years before he was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field. (He was the last Plantagenet, in case you were wondering.) For over 500 years, the location of Richard's final resting place was forgotten. Now his bones have finally been discovered--under a parking lot in Leicester.



Somewhere, I imagine two little boys are laughing their butts off.

7 comments:

Pickles Picasso said...

I think all the archaeologists should read your books, because honestly, days before a famous skeleton is discovered, you write about THAT tower and THOSE two boys. Coincidence? I think not.

I can imagine them laughing too......at least they got buried in a box. He's been run over by a car a couple too many times.

Ali said...

A parking lot?! XDDDDDDDDD

Ruby Moon said...

lots of the bad things said about Richard III where made up by the tudors. check out this vidio from the horrible histories tv show.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6JczvS1PL4

Anonymous said...

Thank you Ruby Moon! As long ago as Horace Walpole (Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard III [1768]), (and some other guy who was truly unreadable as a writer even earlier), there was ample "not proven" type evidence. Josephine Tey even wrote about this in a novel Julian Symons described as "freakish" titled The Daughter of Time.

Robert in San Diego, amateur history buff, and if you think I'm long-winded you should try reading some of Walpole's sentences....

42 said...

Oh poetic justice, thou consequence is...freakin' hilarious. XD

Anonymous said...

woah, woah! they found him in a parking lot! thats hilarious is that wrong? what am i saying of course it isnt becuase he totally deserved it and i feel bad for the 2 boys

wait the two boys are the two boys in darkness dwellers? weird . . . but cool

gillianne/raven

Anonymous said...

sso pretty much hes been ran over a million different cars? . . .

HHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

gillianne/raven