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The Wars of the Rose - The Battle of Tewksbury, 1471.

MS Ghent - Battle of Tewkesbury - Wars of the Roses - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

After the death of Richard III, there were always rumours that the Princes in the Tower had survived or escaped and imposters surfaced. The most famous were Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck, who both appeared in the reign of Henry VII. Warbeck claimed to be Richard, Duke of York and gained considerable support, before he was captured and executed in 1499.

On this day (November in Tudor history in 1499 Perkin Warbeck, pretender to the English throne, was executed. Warbeck claimed to be one of the "Princes in the Tower", Richard, Duke of York.

Richard III, King of England, 1483 to 1485. This is the earliest surviving portrait of Richard, dated to around 1520, and possibly copied from a now lost origina. Richard III remains the most likely suspect responsible for the murder of the Princes in the Tower, but there are those who disagree on his guilt. Richard wasn't king for long and was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485.

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard III in Leicester Cathedral. Archaeologists are hoping to find his grave under a council car park in Leicester.

The execution of the Duke of Somerset, watched by the victorious Edward IV, after the Battle of Tewksbury, 1471.

6 May 1471 –Execution of Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, Earl of Somerset, Marquess of Dorset, Earl of Dorset

A facial reconstruction based on the skull of Richard III has revealed how the English king may have looked.  A skeleton found under a car park in Leicester has been confirmed as that of the king.  The reconstructed face has a slightly arched nose and prominent chin, similar to features shown in portraits of Richard III painted after his death.

Richard III dig: Facial reconstruction shows how king may have looked - Medieval Archives

Richard, Duke of York (1411 to 1460), father of Edward IV and Richard III, who was killed at the Battle of Wakefield in 1460.

Act III scene v York/ My princely father then had wars in France,/And by true computation of the time/Found that issue was not his begot. [Richard Duke of York]

This painting by Henry Arthur Payne from 1908 depicts William Shakespeare's version of the splitting of noble families in 15th-century England into the factions of York and Lancaster before the Wars of the Roses. Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and his followers choose the white rose, while the Duke of Somerset and his companion take the red.

Choosing the Red and White Roses in the Temple Garden, 1910 Giclee Print by Henry Payne

The Princes in the Tower, as depicted in the 2005 film.

Young King Edward V and his brother, Prince Richard Duke of York. They are best remembered as the Princes in the Tower.

The sign at the Tower of London on the site of the discovery of what are claimed to be the bones of the princes, unearthed beneath a staircase in 1674.

The Princes in the Tower

Another portrayal of the murder of the Princes in the Tower, this one by the German artist Ferdinand Theodor Hildebrandt

Ferdinand Theodor Hildebrandt (1804 – 1874, German)

Theodor Hildebrandt The Murder of the Sons of Edward IV, 1835 Oil on canvas - 150 x cm Düsseldorf, Museum Kunstpalast