|The young Earl of Warkwick - Edward Plantagenet|
He was born to George, Duke of Clarence who was the brother of King Edward IV and Richard Duke of Gloucester (the future Richard III).
Clarence's story is deserving of a whole post on its' own so I shall come to that another time. To cut a long story short I shall say that Clarence was outmanoeuvred and executed for high treason by King Edward on 18th February 1478
Our Edward was born on 25th February 1475 at his mother's (Isabella Neville) family seat, Warwick castle. His mother sadly died on 22nd December 1476 of consumption, complications from the birth of her son Richard or, as Clarence suspected, foul play.
This left young Edward an orphan at just three years old following his father's execution.
He was styled the Seventeenth earl of Warwick from his mother's side and succeeded to the famous Warwick the kingmaker and, along with his sister Margaret, adopted by his aunt Anne Neville who was married to his uncle Richard of Gloucester.
It has been suggested by eminent historian Michael Hicks that Edward's nurse, Alice Burgh, had been the mother of one of his illegitimate children, John of Gloucester and that her post and a yearly stipend was granted as a boon for the illegitimate son. It is highly fair to assume though without source material difficult to prove, that young Warwick would have been a companion of Richard's son Edward of Middleham who was of a similar age although it appears that he was held in in quasi captivity (since he had a strong claim on the throne) at Sherrif Hutton castle in Yorkshire.
Through the chaotic period of the death of Edward IV, the disappearance of Edward V and his brother Richard in the tower and the accession of Richard of Gloucester to the throne Warwick was protected by his Aunt and by the fact his father had died a traitor thus blocking him from the throne.
None of this would have effected the young Warwick who was still just ten or eleven years old.
However, King Henry's reign was continually blighted by rebellions despite his clever politics and purges. After the pretender Perkin Warbeck's multiple aborted invasions and arrest it was suggested that Warwick and Warbeck were planning an escape from the Tower.
When he appeared before the Earl of Oxford John de Vere at Westminster on 21st November 1499 he pleaded guilty. It has been suggested that Warwick appeared simple minded however as the chronicler Edward Hall that his incarceration for some 14 years
out of all company of men, and sight of beasts, in so much that he could not discern a Goose from a Capon
and he may have been naive and unworldly. Bearing in mind he'd been imprisoned from the age of ten he may have had his eyes widened by the very persuasive Warbeck and the notions of freedom. He may have been unwilling to return to his perpetual cell or fearing murder opted for death.
He was taken to Tower Hill a week later and beheaded. Henry paid for his burial at Bisham Abbey.