Richard of Shrewsbury
Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York and 1st Duke of Norfolk (17 August 1473 1483?) was the sixth child and second son of King Edward IV of England and Elizabeth Woodville. He was born in Shrewsbury. He was a younger brother of Elizabeth of York, Mary of York, Cecily of York, Edward V of England and Margaret Plantagenet (Princess of York). He was also an older brother of Anne of York, George Plantagenet, Duke of Bedford, Catherine of York and Bridget of York.
He was created Duke of York in 1474. In January 15 1478, when he was about 4 years old, he married the 5yearold Anne de Mowbray, 8th Countess of Norfolk, who had inherited the vast Mowbray estates in 1476. Because York's fatherinlaw's dukedom had become extinct when Anne could not inherit it, he was created Duke of Norfolk in 1481.
The Two Princes Edward and Richard in the Tower,
1483 by Sir John Everett Millais, 1878,
part of the Royal Holloway picture collection
King Edward V and the Duke of York
in the Tower of London by Paul Delaroche
His father died on 9 April 1483. Thus his brother Edward, Prince of Wales, became King of England, and Richard his Heir Presumptive. This was not to last. Robert Stillington, the Bishop of Bath and Wells, presented evidence that Edward IV had contracted a secret marriage to Lady Eleanor Talbot in 1461. Talbot was still alive when Edward married Elizabeth Woodville in 1464. The Regency council under Richard Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Gloucester, concluded that this was a case of bigamy, invalidating the second marriage and the legitimacy of all children of Edward IV by this marriage. Both Edward and Richard were declared illegitimate and removed from the line of succession on 25 June 1483. The Duke of Gloucester, as a surviving younger brother of Edward IV, became King Richard III.
The Duke of York was sent to the Tower of London by King Richard in mid1483. What happened to him and his brotherthe Princes in the Towerafter that has been the subject of much speculation and debate. In the 1490s, Perkin Warbeck claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, but he was an imposter. Richard's might have been the smaller of two skeletons discovered in a chest in the Tower in 1674, but there is as yet no evidence one way or the other.