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King Of England Edward V
Male 1470 - 1483


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  • Prefix  King Of England 
    Birth  4 Nov 1470  Sanctuary, Westminster, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1483 
    Person ID  I3232  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  6 Dec 2006 

    Father  King Of England Edward, IV,   b. 28 Apr 1442, Rouen, France Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1483, Westminster Palace, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elizabeth Woodville 
    Married  1 May 1464  Grafton Regis, Northants Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F1556  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Edward V (reigned April-June 1483) was a minor,
      and his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was
      made Protector. Richard had been loyal throughout
      to his brother Edward IV including the events of
      1470-71, Edward's exile and their brother's
      rebellion (the Duke of Clarence, who was executed
      in 1478 by drowning, reputedly in a barrel of
      Malmsey wine). However, he was suspicious of the
      Woodville faction, possibly believing they were the
      cause of Clarence's death. In response to an
      attempt by Elizabeth Woodville to take power,
      Richard and Edward V entered London in May,
      with Edward's coronation fixed for 22 June.
      However, in mid-June Richard assumed the throne
      as Richard III (reigned 1483-85). Edward V and
      his younger brother Richard were declared
      illegitimate, taken to the Royal apartments at the
      Tower of London (then a Royal residence) and
      never seen again. (Skeletons, allegedly theirs, found
      there in 1674 were later buried in Westminster
      Abbey.)

      Before his usurpation, Richard had a strong power
      base in the north, and his reliance on northerners
      during his reign was to increase resentment in the
      south. Richard concluded a truce with Scotland to
      reduce his commitments in the north; he attempted
      genuine reconciliation by showing consideration to
      Lancastrians purged from office by Edward IV,
      and moved Henry VI's body to St George's Chapel
      at Windsor; the first laws written entirely in English
      were passed during his reign. In 1484, Richard's
      only legitimate son Edward predeceased him.

      Resentment against Richard grew. On 7 August
      1485, Henry Tudor (a direct descendant through
      his mother Margaret Beaufort, of John of Gaunt,
      one of Edward III's younger sons) landed at
      Milford Haven in Wales to claim the throne. On 22
      August in a two-hour battle at Bosworth, Henry's
      forces (assisted by Lord Stanley's private army of
      around 7,000 which was deliberately posted so
      that he could join the winning side) defeated
      Richard's larger army and Richard was killed.
      Buried without a monument in Leicester, Richard's
      bones were scattered during the English
      Reformation.