Edward V, King of England
Edward, the son of
Edward IV and Elizabeth
Woodville, was born in the Sanctuary of Westminster Abbey November 4 1470.
Edward was at Ludlow in April 1483 when he heard that he had
succeeded his father,
Edward IV, to the English throne. He was twelve years old.
After a reign of only two months, and before he could be crowned, Edward was
deposed by Richard of Gloucester who declared they boy illegitimate, and took
his place on the throne as
Edward, and his younger brother Richard, were imprisoned in the Tower of London.
They are believed to have been smothered to death. The bones of two children
were found under a staircase of the Tower during the 17th century; but the
mystery of the deaths of the princes remains unsolved.