Death due to greed and jealousy.

United States
February 23, 2017 11:12pm CST
I have not studied overly much on the history of the Tower of London. However, I am watching a series on netflix that presents quite a few castles and their long (often bloody) history. The Tower of London was given a lengthy episode, but the story that still resonates with me is that of the Two Princes. Their deaths are still a bit of a mystery, and one that will most likely never be solved. They were the sons of King Edward IV and the nephews of Richard III. They were moved to the tower shortly after their father's death, to be under the guidance of their uncle. He was to be the third in line to the throne after Edward V and his brother Richard, who was duke of York. They were about the ages of 12 and 9. Still very much "boys" in todays standards, but that wouldn't have really been the case then. Though they would have had an advisor, who would have ruled in their stead until they came "of age". Of course, that never happened. Richard III rose to power after their deaths (suffocation?). Was it Richard III that had them killed, or could it have been Richard's successor, Henry Tudor? I would like to believe that Richard wouldn't have killed his own nephews, or ordered it to be done... BUT, we are talking about a completely different time period.
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@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 17
Oh trust me they would have done so in those days. It is not a peculiar phenomena quite a few Kings and Queens had food tasters in case their food had been poisoned. They were in vulnerable positions in case someone wanted to usurp them.
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• United States
24 Feb 17
None more so than, Henry VIII. Atleast in the case of royal food tasters. What a lot of food those poor tasters had to sample as well. On a bit of an aside, I watched an animated map earlier today. It was of the changing borders of Europe across several centuries. So many different monarchs after more and more power and prestige.
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@garymarsh6 (14317)
• United Kingdom
24 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum I really love your enthusiasm for history I think we would really hit it off as what you write about are similar things I am very interested in! You are well read and knowledgeable. Hats off to you and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!
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• United States
24 Feb 17
@garymarsh6 I go through periods where I can not get enough of history. Other times I don't read up on historical facts at all. You caught me at a time where I just finished watching a documentary and subsequentially did my own research.
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@pammooratan (4678)
• India
24 Feb 17
In ancient politics deaths and kkilling were common.
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• United States
24 Feb 17
It was a common occurrence, that's for sure. As well as oppressing its people.
• India
24 Feb 17
@ScribbledAdNauseum yes.you say right.
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@Jackalyn (6684)
• Oxford, England
24 Feb 17
We English were pretty much into who succeeded who back then. Visiting the Tower of London always gives me the heebie jeebies. I hate all the suffering that went on there.
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• United States
24 Feb 17
I am sure I would have the heebie jeebies or creepy crawlies if I were to ever visit there. I would very much like to do so. I can imagine all the suffering that went on there, but I would much rather not. Of course, i watched a documentary that also told about Lancaster Castle and things were not much better there either.
@jstory07 (69079)
• Roseburg, Oregon
24 Feb 17
That was a different time for sure and Their Uncle could have killed them for power. That was done back than.
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• United States
24 Feb 17
Family ties wouldn't have been what they are today.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
25 Feb 17
You see it in the movies all the time.. of course real life and movies aren't always the same. Still, they get the ideas for the movies from somewhere, don't they?
• United States
25 Feb 17
YEs. Obviously all these movie producers aren't THAT brilliant.
@lokisdad (4265)
• United States
24 Feb 17
l would like to think that we are much more civilized then we were then. As time passes we will keep evolving and become Iess barbaric and greedy for money and power.
• United States
24 Feb 17
While it is inevitable that we will keep evolving, I doubt very seriously we will be less greedy for money and power. If nothing else, I believe we've become more greedy over these things.
• Delhi, India
24 Feb 17
Anyone could be .But murder is not acceptable.
• United States
24 Feb 17
Our histories are burdened with murders. It was a political power move for many centuries. It still is.