Sunday, 11 August 2013

Princes in the Tower

I gave up on Phillippa Gregory's historical hokum The White Queen after Episode 2. According to Gregory, the Wars of the Roses were instigated by three crackpot bitches who bamboozled their daft husbands and male relatives into battle to decide who would become queen bitch. Too much of a feminist rewrite of history for my taste (CLICK). However, while browsing my TV guide today I noticed that Episode 9 raises the mystery of Elizabeth Woodville's two sons Edward V of England and Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, aged 12 and 9 years old when they vanished. Sir John Everett Millais' The Princes in the Tower (1878) powerfully evokes the sinister incarceration, with the two princes fearfully holding hands while trying to be brave.
Update: BBC History has posted a page of info on The Princes in the Tower (CLICK).


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