Richard III may be innocent of murdering the princes in the Tower of London, researchers say

King Richard III, whose remains were famously found under a car park in Leicester, was known as the murderous monarch of England.

Historians have long believed that the former King of England would even go so far as to kill his own nephews, as their rights to the throne were stronger than his – a view popularized by William Shakespeare in his play Richard III . The alleged murders of the deposed King Edward V and his brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, took place in the Tower of London in the 1480s.

But now new clues found in a church in Devon suggest that one of them may have left the tower unscathed.

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According to researchers, Richard III’s reputation is being unfairly denounced as he may not have murdered the young princes, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Philippa Langley, who discovered the king’s remains, said the older Prince Edward, believed to be 12 at the time, may have been allowed to live elsewhere under a false name.

A trail of documents led a team of researchers to a village in Devon, where Yorkist symbols have been found in the local church – meaning the prince may have sent to live in secret in the village of Coldridge.

The center includes the hole under the parking lot where King Richard III was found
The King Richard III Center shows the hole under the parking lot where King Richard III was found

Inside the church was a picture of a man named “John Evans” staring at a glass window depicting Edward V – which researchers believe may have been the young prince’s alter ego.

John Dike, lead researcher, said: “The idea of ​​a missing prince lying low in Devon may immediately seem imaginative,

“With all the secret symbols and clues, it sounds a bit like the Da Vinci Code. But the discoveries inside this church in the middle of nowhere are extraordinary.

“The evidence suggests that Edward was sent to live out his days on his half – brother’s land as long as he remained silent, as part of an agreement reached between his mother and Richard III, and later with Henry Tudor.”

The team continues to investigate the fate of Edward’s younger brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, who is commonly believed to have been nine when he was murdered.

He added: “We need more evidence and we would welcome anything that could shed further light on this mystery. But our findings already seem to point in one direction – that Richard III was innocent.”

Nothing has been found to prove their murder, except for a pile of bones discovered under the tower stairs in 1674.

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