Here I want to take a little bit of time and lay out both sides of the issue and allow you to make your own decision as to where you stand. As of yet there is not a definitive answer and there may never be one, so why not discuss it and speculate. I encourage you to post what you think in the comments section at the end of this post and share your ideas.
Perkin Warbeck, Pretender
|Author Unknown, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
Richard, Duke of York, Heir to the Throne of England
|John Everett Millais [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons|
Is it possible that one of these boys did somehow escape from the Tower only to later turn up and try to get back the throne that was rightly his and to be called a pretender by Henry VII who didn’t want to lose his throne? Was Perkin Warbeck really just a nobody following on the coattails of Lambert Simnel (who was a pretender to the throne impersonating the Earl of Warwick)? Could that many crowned heads of Europe really have been fooled into believing in the story of this young man, including his aunt, if he wasn’t the Duke of York – or did they all go along with it to try and be rid of Henry VII?
What do you think and what is the piece of evidence that really convinces you?
Also today as part of the HFBRT event you can check out:
A guest post by Sandra Worth at Hist-Fic Chick
A review of Pale Rose of England at Historically Obsessed
A giveaway for the book at Historical-Fiction.com
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