The Princes in the Tower

Titulus Regius

Titulus Regius was the only Act of Parliament of Richard’s reign, dated 1484. In short, it allegedly confirms a marriage contract between Edward IV and Eleanor Butler, nee Talbot, before Edward’s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, thus making the marriage invalid. It also speculates of Woodville’s use of witchcraft in luring Edward into marriage and also suggests Edward and George, Duke of Clarence, were themselves illegitimate and only Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was the true heir of Richard, 3rd Duke of York. The Act was repealed on the ascension of Henry VII and every copy ordered to be destroyed. Only one copy survived, transcribed into the Croyland Chronicle.

Its authenticity is purely dependent on the validity of the chronicle and the chronicler.