The two young sons of King Edward IV and his wife, Elizabeth, their names are actually Prince Edward and the Duke of York, but they are often referred to collectively. Agents of Richard murder these boys—Richard’s nephews—in the Tower of London. Young Prince Edward, the rightful heir to the throne, should not be confused with the elder Edward, prince of Wales (the first husband of Lady Anne, and the son of the former king, Henry VI), who was killed before the play begins.

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