Sunday, July 26, 2009
Review of Princes in the Tower
This is the story of two princes, Edward V and his yourn ger brother Richard, Duke of York. Were they murdered? If so, who did it? Alison Weir seems to think that evidence points to Richard. She also thinks it was Edward IV's fault for dying young. She demonstrates this by stating " It was, however, Edward IV's faulure to envisage what the consequences would be to his kingdom and his heir if he were to die young and leave a minor on the throne that led directly to the tradgedy of the Princes in the Tower." Here is another passage: " But he had made one fatal mistake, he had failed to unify the rival factions in his kingdom, and by this omission had placed his sons, peaceful succession to the throne in jeopardy. He had also created two might power centres in his relam, the Wydvilles and the Duke of Gloucester, and the two were in opposition of each other."
She also states that the bones excavated in the tower were the bones of the tow princes and that medical forensics proves it. She states" The finding of the experts were in all cases consistent with the bones being those of the princes in the tower."
This book was an enjoyable read and I learned a lot. I would like to learn more about this mystery of the princes before I make my decision of if they were murderedand how. THere are two sides to this debate. Some say (Richard III Society)think that possibly Henry VII was responsible for the murder to move them out of the way so he would have no one to usurp him from the throne. I hope to form my opinion after reading material from both sides.
Tell me what you think. I am open to anyone's opinion.