Eldest son of the Yorkist king Edward IV, Edward V was only twelve years old when his father died and he became King of England. His uncle, Richard Duke of Gloucester, had been nominated as the Protector during his minority. Richard kept delaying Edward V's coronation, and within three months of his accession, he had produced evidence that Edward IV had already been contracted into another marriage when he married Lady Elizabeth Woodville, making Edward V and his brother illegitimate. In June 1483, Richard of Gloucester declared himself the rightful king, and ascended the throne as Richard III. Edward V and his brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, who were staying in the Tower of London at the time (it was then a fortified royal residence …
Reign of King Edward V (156 words)
Historical Context Note
Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.