‘Another clue to the mystery of the “Princes”?’ – reblogged from Murrey & Blue

One of the enduring ‘rumours’ regarding the fate of the so-called ‘princes in the Tower’ (the two sons of King Edward IV who were not seem in public (supposedly) after the late summer of 1483), is that they lived for a time at the estate of Sir James Tyrrell, master of King Richard’s henchmen (his squires and suchlike), at Gipping, Suffolk.
Below a fellow blogger draws an inference from the dedication of the chapel at Gipping, which was built by Sir James and is decorated by, among other things, his initial entwined with that of his wife, Anne, in a heart shape.

There is also an inscription over the vestry door: ‘Pray for Sr James Tirell & Dame Anne his wyf.’

Other, less pleasant tales, have been told about Sir James. But these declarations of love and piety don’t seem to me to be the acts of a man who could cause the worst of harms to two young boys.


On the left is Gipping Chapel in Suffolk, attached to the Tyrrell property of Gipping Hall. It is a traGippingChapeldition within the Tyrrell family that the “Princes”, the sons of Edward IV who were technically children, lived there during 1483-4 “with the permission of the mother”


To the right is St. Nicholas of Myra, the 4th Century Bishop who is the patron saint of children, inter alia. He survived Diocletian’s persecution to take office under Constantine and die of old age. Gipping Chapel was dedicated to him.

So what is he trying to tell us about them?

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A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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