ichard was the son of Edward IV, King of England. Richard's elder brother was called Edward who became king of England as Edward V in April of 1483 after the death of their father. Edward V was only thirteen years old when he became king and too young to rule unaided. Richard and Edward's uncle was Richard, Duke of Gloucester (the future king of England, Richard III). Gloucester stepped in to assist the two young boys and transferred them to the Tower of London for safe keeping. Unfortunately for the two boys Gloucester had his own plans of becoming king of England and mysteriously the boys disappeared supposedly murdered in the Tower. Although it has never been proven it is suspected that Gloucester had the two boys killed so he could become the king as Richard III. In 1491 Perkin Warberk from Tournai in Flanders arrived in Cork. He was dressed in the finest clothes, supplied by his master a silk trader, and worked as a walking advertisement. The locals, seeing him dressed so well, assumed he must be of royal birth and declared that he was Richard Duke of York, the younger brother of Edward V both of whom had disappeared in suspicious circumstances in 1483 from the Tower of London.
At some point the young King Edward V and his brother Richard disappeared. Whether they were murdered in the Tower of London and by whom is not known, but they were not seen of again. Later, in 1491, a man called Perkin Warbeck appeared in Ireland and claims were made that he was really Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, one of the princes in the Tower.
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