The Mystery of the Princes

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Sutton, 2002 - History - 242 pages
Debate about the disappearance of Edward V and his younger brother Richard - the Princes in the Tower - has raged for over five hundred years. It has long been accepted that Richard III savagely murdered the two boys, his own young nephews. But even contemporary sources make clear that this was rumour only, and conflicts with much in Richard's character as a ruler. Accounts to the contrary have however been limited in their range.

Winner of the Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for the best non-fiction crime book, this book gathers together an immense amount of historical material, drawing on sources from contemporary to modern times, and incorporating unique research. Among this is the discovery of a highly significant tradition preserved in the Tyrell family, which encouraged the author to investigate papers and Tyrell wills not examined before. She has also looked at specialized aspects of the case including the diplomatic and intelligence services involved.

The result is a work which allows a new interpretation to emerge and absorbingly investigates characters, political alliances, and psychological motivations. Here is the key to understanding one of the most baffling murders in our history: a study in power politics which suggests a conspiracy to conceal the truth.

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