The Tudor Society

November 23 – The execution of Pretender Perkin Warbeck

16th-century copy by Jacques Le Boucq of the only known contemporary portrait of Warbeck, Library of Arras.

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd November 1499, in the reign of King Henry VII, Perkin Warbeck was hanged at Tyburn.

Warbeck was executed for allegedly plotting to help another claimant, Edward, Earl of Warwick, escape from the Tower of London.

Perkin Warbeck had been imprisoned in 1497 after he had raised a rebellion claiming to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, the younger of the Princes in the Tower. He had even been proclaimed King Richard IV, but his rebellion and claim had failed.

Let me tell you about Perkin Warbeck's background, explain how he ended up trying to claim the throne of England, and tell you what happened.

*Note: Please forgive me for saying that Margaret of Burgundy was the Princes' sister. She was their aunt.

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