The Princes in the Tower

The other Prince in the Tower

Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick, was the son of George Plantagenet, Duke of Clarence, and hence grandson of Richard, 3rd Duke of York. As Richard’s grandson and a nephew of Edward IV, Edward himself had a claim to the throne and would have been next in line after Edward V and Richard of Shrewsbury. Edward was made Earl of Warwick shortly after his father’s death in 1478 and was made a ward of Edward IV’s stepson, Thomas Grey, 1st Marquess of Dorset. When Richard III died, the ten-year-old Warwick was taken to the Tower of London on Henry Tudor’s orders. Though he had no role in the Lambert Simnel rebellion – Simnel himself had claimed to be the real Warwick – he was alleged to have been involved in a plot with Perkin Warbeck, which led to him being sentenced to death.

When Edward was executed, the House of Plantagenet came to an end in the male line!