From the moment it became public news, the validity of Edward’s marriage to Elizabeth Widville was called in to question. This alarmed Widville and led her into political killings.
She was terrified that she would lose her crown and that her children would never succeed to the throne. But after Edward’s death, a bishop announced that he had previously married the king to Lady Eleanor Talbot.
As a result, Edward’s children by Elizabeth, including heir to the throne Edward, were declared illegitimate, making Edward’s brother Richard the legitimate heir.
Later, claims were put forward that Edward had left behind many illegitimate children.
Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, a renowned Richard III historian, unravels the complex web of stories around Edward’s private life.