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Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill "the Princes in the Tower," as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely? In this utterly absorbing and meticulously researched book, English writer Alison Weir, an authority on the history of the British royal family, at last provides a conclusive solution to this age-old puzzle.
Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as the dozens of modern accounts, Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder. In The Princes in the Tower we are witnesses to the tumultuous reign of Edward IV, the princes' powerful, handsome, promiscuous father. We see the unfolding rivalry between the Wydvilles, the common family of Edward's shrewd queen, and Richard, Duke of Gloucester, his ambitious brother. And finally we are swept up in the vortex of intrigue that followed Edward's death - the naming of his twelve-year-old son Edward as heir; Richard's swift arrival in London and his lightning strike for power; the imprisonment of the princes in the Tower of London; and the hushed-up murders that secured Richard's claim to the throne as Richard III.
Weir considers in turn each of the prime suspects in the murder: the grasping, conspiratorial Duke of Buckingham; the shadowy Sir James Tyrell, Richard's trusted retainer; the possibility that the boys may have died of natural causes; and of course, Richard III himself, a complex man of charm and intelligence twisted by a ruthless ambition for power.
More than an historical murder mystery, The Princes in the Tower is a richly detailed tapestry of English court life in the late fifteenth century - the bitter rivalries that exploded in the Wars of the Roses; the splendor and corruption of the royal family; the violence and treachery that coexisted with exquisite beauty and refinement. At the very center of that tapestry is the tragic image of two pale, innocent, bewildered boys, an image that has haunted our minds for half a millennium.
Powerfully written, persuasively argued, and totally mesmerizing to read, The Princes in the Tower is at once a masterpiece of historical research and a riveting story of conspiracy, murder, and deception.
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"Absorbing." (Sunday Times)
"The mystery of the Princes in the Tower is a cause of outrage as well as a whodunnit-a deeply researched appraisal." (Ruth Rendell Daily Telegraph)
"Alison Weir has examined all the contemporary and near-contemporary chronicles with care - Her book, lucidly written and well-researched, makes absorbing reading." (Christopher Hibbert Sunday Times)
Alison Weir investigates one of the most enduring murder mysteries in English history - the death of the lost Princes in the tower, nephews of Richard III, whose body has recently been discovered.
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Book Description Ballantine Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0345383729 . Seller Inventory # Z0345383729ZN
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0345383729
Book Description Ballantine Books, New York, 1994. Soft Cover. Condition: New. First Paperback Edition. FIRST PRINTING of the First Paperback Edition. A carefully researched re-appraisal of the events surrounding the fifteenth-century disappearance and deaths of two princes in England - often attributed to the homicides by the English King - but perhaps not. Filled with political intrigue, mystery, but all the while presented in a detached, scholarly manner. Softcover, contains illustrations, genealogical table, bibliography, indexed, 287pp. A very nice copy. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Seller Inventory # 00014114
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1994. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0345383729
Book Description Ballantine Books, 1994. Condition: Brand New. New. Seller Inventory # A14485
Book Description Ballantine Books. Hardcover. Condition: New. 0345383729 New Condition. Seller Inventory # NEW33.1831214