Following in the Footsteps of the Princes in the Tower

by Andrew Beattie

First and foremost, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Often books that look at the famous ‘Princes in the Tower’, Edward V and his younger brother Richard of Shrewsbury focus on the boy’s disappearance and what could have happened to them. They discuss the potential people that could have ordered the young boys’ deaths or possibly if and how they escaped. Beattie’s book took a completely different path. Within the pages of this book is a look at the lives of the sons of King Edward IV and the places they lived.

Beattie explored the various castles, manors, places etc. that the Princes lived and or visited from the time of their respective births to their last confirmed sighting in the Tower of London. He details the boy’s relationship to each place, how many times they might have visited, when or how long they lived at each place. He discusses the history of each location e.g. When castles were built and by who and how they came to be a place the Princes lived.

Beattie then moves on to discuss what the castles or places look like today, some of which sadly either no longer exist or are little more than remnants. He also discusses where and how people can see these famous locations today.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was a refreshing way to learn about the famous Princes in the Tower; to focus on their lives rather than just their death. This is a fabulous resource and one a person could bring along with them when visiting England. If you’re looking for a different look at the Princes in the Tower and their lives then this is most certainly your book!

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