Right royal mysteries
Public as their lives are, members of the royal family have always managed to maintain at least a bit of mystery…
The disappearance of King Edward V and his brother
In April 1483, King Edward IV of England died, and his eldest son, Edward V, age 12, ascended the throne with his uncle, his father’s brother, the Duke of Gloucester, as “protector of the realm.” But soon after, the Duke sent Edward V and his next youngest brother, aged 10 (Richard, Duke of York) to the Tower of London (both a residence and a prison) – for their own “protection.” In June, the Duke declared himself King Richard III. Edward and his brother were never seen again. Two skeletons found in the Tower are believed to be the brothers, and Richard III has long been suspected of having his nephews murdered.
Was Queen Elizabeth I a murderess?
In 1560, Amy Robsart turned up dead at the bottom of a staircase, her neck broken. Amy’s tragedy, however, was convenient for Queen Elizabeth I, who was thought to be in love with Amy’s husband, Robert Dudley. Rumours quickly spread – that Elizabeth had ordered the murder of Amy. Still, some believe Amy was suicidal or that she had a pre-existing condition (cancer that had spread to her bones) that made her more likely to gravely injure herself.