Edward and Richard were the young children of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville in the 15th century. Edward V stood to take the throne but both princes were considered illegitimate after an Act from Parliament saying Edward IV and Elizabeth's marriage was invalid and Richard III took the throne in his nephew's place. Both boys were never seen again after 1483. Years later, small skeletons were found underneath the stairs of the chapel in the White Tower, the main keep of the Tower of London.
Elizabeth Woodville: Marriage to Edward IV.And then she met Edward. The story goes that Elizabeth heard he was in the neighborhood near her castle at Grafton, so she waited for him beneath a tree now known in Northamptonshire as “the queen’s oak,” with her two sons. When he arrived she begged him to restore their lands and he was love-struck. Of course, Edward, the playboy that he was, did not actually want to marry Elizabeth and she did not want to settle for anything less. Playing hard ...
Family tree of Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV. Their daughter, Elizabeth of York, was Henry VIII's mother. Woodville was also mother to the famous "Princes in the Tower," both of whom are widely believed to have been murdered by their uncle, Richard III, so that they could never inherit the throne. Richard III was killed during the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 by Henry VI (Henry VIII's father), thus ending the Plantaganent dynasty and spawning the Tudor dynasty.
Why did Henry VII bury his mother-in-law, Elizabeth Woodville, quietly upon her death in 1492? For the same reason she was retired to a convent during the earlier Lambert Simnel crises - she was a reminder of the past glories of the house of York. More from Leanda de Lisle: http://blog.leandadelisle.com/post/97166303006/why-did-henry-vii-bury-elizabeth-woodville-quietly
Jaquetta of Luxemburg, Jaquetta Woodville mother of the "White Queen." nee Elizabeth Woodville or Wydville. She married 1stly John, Duke of Bedford, third son of Henry IV, but had no issue. She then married one of her husband's attendants - a mesalliance by any standards - and retained her position at court (as a widowed aunt of Henry VI) along with her wealth. She used her eldest daughter's second marriage to Edward IV (from the rival branch) to marry off her sons and daughters well.