Edward V of England
b.2 Nov 1470 Westminster Abbey, Westminster, Middlesex, England
d.29 Jul 1483? London, London, England
m. 1 MAY 1464
Facts and Events
Edward V (2 November 1470 – 1483) was King of England from 9 April 1483 until the ascension of Richard III on 26 June 1483 (as confirmed by the parliamentary act entitled "Titulus Regius"). His reign was dominated by the influence of his uncle, Richard. Along with his younger brother Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, Edward was one of the Princes in the Tower, who disappeared after being sent (ostensibly for their own safety) to the Tower of London. Responsibility for their deaths is widely attributed to Richard III, but the actual events have remained controversial for centuries.
The mysterious disappearance of a boy claimant to the English throne, possibly at the hands of his uncle, mirrors the presumed death of Arthur, Duke of Brittany, in 1203.
Along with Edward VIII, and the disputed Matilda and Jane, Edward V is one of only four English monarchs since the Norman Conquest never to have been crowned. If, as seems likely, he died before his fifteenth birthday, he is the shortest-lived monarch in English history (his great-nephew Edward VI died in his sixteenth year).