Edward V of England  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Edward V (4 November 1470 – probably 1483) was King of England from 9 April 1483 until his deposition two months later. His reign was dominated by the influence of his uncle Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who succeeded him as Richard III. Along with his younger brother Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, Edward was one of the Princes in the Tower, who disappeared after being sent (ostensibly for their own safety) to the Tower of London. Richard III has been widely blamed for their deaths, but what actually happened remains controversial.

Along with Edward VIII, Empress Matilda and Lady Jane Grey, Edward V is one of only four post-1066 English monarchs never to have been crowned. If, as seems likely, he died before his fifteenth birthday, he is the shortest lived monarch in English history (his great-nephew Edward VI died in his sixteenth year).

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