I'm watching a docudrama on the two princes who disappeared in the Tower of London. Why wasn't a huge fuss made when it happened? Surely it wasn't just a case of Riii declaring them illegitimate and then everyone forgot about them. What about their mother? Uncles, cousins? The Woodvilles all had prominent titles and were powerful men. Why weren't more questions asked?
Different times, rule by fear and wanting to keep in with the 'right' side lest you lose your head, titles and estates.
The Woodvilles power was drastically reduced by Richard III, Elizabeth Woodville was in hiding and Richard had already executed two of her relations - Richard Grey and Anthony Woodville.
The Woodvilles were not terribly popular being seen as somewhat grasping and not many wanted the Regency of the Woodvilles which would have had to be in place on behalf of the young Edward V, however, they didn't condone or expect the Princes to be murdered.
oh I recorded a documentary about this recently, wonder if it's the same one
tbh I've never wondered because a royal child would hardly have been seen anyway. No one outside their immediate circle would know anything was amiss and even then, my understanding was they were managed away quietly. Certainly no one would have had any concept of "vulnerable" as we have now.
plus anyone who did know might well be in on the whole plan.
anyone outside the royal circle won't know what they look like or have much awareness they exist.
Nowadays we are so used to knowing things about others, especially leading figures, and knowing what people look like. But the case was simply that hardly anyone would have had close access to the workings of the throne and royal family. Servants saw all kinds of stuff but to talk would have meant death. Most people would have been unbothered or at least unmoved anyway. Children died all the time, and were not treated as precious in quite the same ways as our children.
It's only in recent times that we know everything (OK, more) about the Royal Family. I never knew that the Queen had an epileptic uncle who was hidden away and died at the tender age of 11/13? until Stephen Poliakof made a faction -drama based on him.
I was on a forum the other day that was talking about 19th century royalty travelling incognito when they wanted a private holiday - they could because even (with blurry newspapers and photocards) very few people would recognise them. Apparently even in the 1930s they would typically travel around with just one policeman/detective, and not get mobbed.
So the princes would hardly be known about, let alone seen regularly by anyone except a handful of guards/servants in the tower.
The jury is out though isn’t it on whether it was Richard, Buckingham or Margaret Beaufort? I’m not convinced it was Richard as he’d declared them illegitimate unless he saw them as a threat in the future.