After Edward’s death, Elizabeth and her family were in great danger. Not only were they grief-stricken, but they also had to worry about their personal safety, as everyone wanted what only they could claim: the crown.
Knowing that most likely they have to go into hiding, they decided on Westminster Abbey. The same place where Elizabeth was baptized, now became her prison.
A Failed King
They say one shouldn't speak ill of the dead, but we're about to, so we'd like to apologize in advance for what we're about to say. King Edward IV wasn't that great at his job.
Historians gave King Edward IV the dubious, shameful title of being the only king in the history of England who couldn't really make sure his own son got the throne. Ouch, that's gotta hurt.
The Next King Edward?
When Edward died, his son was only 12. But that wasn't the reason he did not become king. Being extremely young hasn't stopped anyone before. Some kings were as young as 10 when they were crowned.
So what happened? How come Edward junior never got to be a king? The short answer is Richard. He had an evil plan to secure the crown for himself. For more details, keep reading.
No Safe Haven
But there was no safe haven for the Woodville family, especially not for young Edward. Their cunning uncle, Richard, who was the Duke of Gloucester, came to take young Edward, who was supposed to be the next king, away.
His mother did not want to give him away, of course. She tried fighting to keep her son and the future king, safe and with her. But Richard had his way, he took the boy with him.
Elizabeth had to say goodbye to her brother, Edward, not knowing if she will ever see him again, or if he will get to live or die.
Richard, who was a deceptive, power-hungry man, found a way to declare both Elizabeth and her brother illegitimate since their father had been married to another woman before he married their mother. They had now lost any claim to the crown, and their uncle was named the new king.