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Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville send a substitute boy to join Edward v in the tower in 1483 and if so was Perkin Warbeck credible?
- brother_in_magicLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
I would not rule out Warbeck as being the prince (though maybe he was just an illegitimate son of Edward IV hence the noted likeness.) His 'confession' was awfully dodgy, he gives his last name as Osbeck, not Warbeck, and gets his supposed real mother's name wrong. He says he met two men in Ireland who 'forced' him to learn English and be the prince. So...in TWO YEARS, a couple of Irishmen were able to get this young guy to speak perfect courtly English, enough to fool many of the crowned heads of Europe. That seems extraordinary.
Interestingly henry Tudor has his face mutilated before execution and never allowed his wife, Elizabeth of York, to see close up the man who said he was her brother.
It's possible this happened but whether it involved Perkin Warbeck is unknown. And will probably remain so even if DNA was done on those skeletons. That could prove one isn't the brother of the other, but not much more.
- JuanaLv 77 years ago
Nobody here is in a position to answer that. DNA analysis on the skeletons found in the Tower (if DNA could be obtained) has not been attempted.
- ocularnervosaLv 77 years ago
During a renovation of the Tower they found two small skeletons hidden under a walled in stairwell. A DNA test proved them to be the two missing boys. So no.
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It is a possibilty - one of many theories on the matter. Warbeck however has little credibility.
- 7 years ago