BBC History – The White Queen: The real story of Elizabeth Woodville
Elizabeth Woodville’s sons where imprisoned in the Tower of London by their uncle Richard III. They were never seen again
When Edward died in 1483, Elizabeth’s world changed completely. Her twelve-year-old son was declared king Edward V, while his uncle Richard was appointed Protector. However, rumours surfaced that Elizabeth’s husband had made a previous betrothal which would have invalidated her marriage and made her children illegitimate. Richard took the throne and shut his nephew Edward and his younger brother in the Tower of London. They were never seen again and historians today still disagree about their fates.