Apr 1483-Aug 1483 Richard III Succeeds
Edward V leaves Ludlow
On 23 Apr 1483 Edward V King England left Ludlow with his uncle Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers. .
Richard York travels South
On 29 Apr 1483 Richard III King England arrived in Nottingham. .
Edward Woodville puts to Sea
On 26 Apr 1483 Edward Woodville put to sea with around twenty ships taking a part of the Royal treasure with him eventually arriving in Brittany. .
Richard III's Dinner with the Woodvilles
On 30 Apr 1483 Richard III King England met Richard Grey and Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers at Stony Stratford who were accompanying Edward V King England to from Ludlow to London. All three had dinner together. .
Arrest of the Woodville Affinity
On 01 May 1483 Richard III King England arrested Richard Grey, Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers and Thomas Vaughan Master at Stony Stratford. Edward V King England was taken under his uncle Richard's Protection to London. .
Elizabeth Woodville takes Sanctuary at Westminster Abbey
Around 03 May 1483 Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England took Sanctuary with Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk and Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset. Her brother Lionel Woodville Bishop Salisbury was with her. .
Death of George Neville
On 04 May 1483 George Neville 1st Duke Bedford died. He being the son of John Neville 1st Marquess Montagu, the nephew of Richard "Kingmaker" Neville 16th Earl Warwick, 6th Earl Salisbury 1428-1471[Warwick the Kingmaker} who should, perhaps, have inherited the Earldoms of Warwick and Salisbury from his mother that had been appropriated by George Neville 1st Duke Bedford and Richard III King England. The timing somewhat suspicious. The future Richard III would now enjoy the whole of the Warwick inheritance. .
Richard III appointed Lord Protector
Before 08 May 1483 Richard III King England was appointed as Lord Protector. .
John Russell appointed Lord Chancellor
On 13 May 1483 John Russell Bishop Rochester, Bishop Lincoln was appointed as Lord Chancellor. He replaced Thomas Rotherham Archbishop York. .
Robert Stillington Claims Edward IV's Marriage to Elizabeth Woodvile to be Bigamous
Execution of Hastings
On 13 Jun 1483 William Hastings 1st Baron Hastings was beheaded having been accused of treasonable conspiracy with the Queen at the earlier Council Meeting convened by Richard III King England and attended by Henry Stafford 2nd Duke Buckingham at Tower Green. Cardinal John Morton and Thomas Rotherham Archbishop York were arrested. .
Richard of Shrewsbury removed from Sanctuary
The Princes of the Tower described as Illegitimate
On 22 Jun 1483 Ralph Shaa preached the bastardy of Edward IV's children by Elizabeth Woodville, including Edward V, and were therefore ineligible to be King, at St Paul's Cross. .
Execution of the Woodvilles and their Affinity
On 25 Jun 1483 Richard Grey, Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers and Thomas Vaughan were beheaded at Pontefract Castle. .
Richard III elected King by the Three Estates
On 26 Jun 1483 Richard III accepted the invitation of the citizens of London to become King. .
Richard III Rewards his Supporters
On 28 Jun 1483 John Howard 1st Duke Norfolk was created 1st Duke Norfolk (3C 1483) by Richard III King England. William Berkeley 1st Marquess Berkeley was created 1st Earl Nottingham (4C 1483). Significant insofar as both men were heirs to the vast Mowbray estates that had been inherited by Anne Mowbray 8th Countess Norfolk who had then been married to Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk. Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk 's father Edward IV King England had attempted by very flawed legal process to legislate so that even in the event of Anne's death his son Richard would continue to benefit from the inheritance. Richard III King England was restoring John Howard 1st Duke Norfolk and William Berkeley 1st Marquess Berkeley to their rightful inheritance. .
Coronation of Richard III
On 06 Jul 1483 Richard III King England was crowned III King England: Plantagenet York by Cardinal Thomas Bourchier at Westminster Abbey. Anne Neville Queen Consort England by marriage Queen Consort England. See Coronation of Richard III.
John Howard 1st Duke Norfolk was appointed as Lord High Steward. William Brandon, Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl Arundel, Thomas St Leger, Richard Hastings Baron Willoughby Eresby, Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England, Elizabeth York Duchess Suffolk, Giles Daubeney 1st Baron Daubeney and Humphrey Dacre 1st Baron Dacre Gilsland attended.
Robert Dymoke attended as the Kings' Champion.
Edmund Grey 1st Earl Kent carried The Pointed Sword of Justice. Thomas Howard 2nd Duke Norfolk carried the Crown. Francis Lovell 1st Viscount Lovell carried the Third Sword of State. John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk carried the Sceptre. John Pole 1st Earl Lincoln carried the Cross and Ball. Henry Stafford 2nd Duke Buckingham carried the king's train. Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire bore the Queen's Crown.
Thomas Stanley 1st Earl Derby carried the Lord High Constable's Mace. Margaret Beaufort Countess Richmond held Queen Anne's train. Henry Percy 5th Earl Northumberland carried The Blunt Sword of Mercy. Christopher Willoughby 10th Baron Willoughby Eresby was appointed as Knight of the Bath.
Cecily "Rose of Raby" Neville Duchess York refused to attend the Coronation of Richard III. History doesn't record her reason.
Robert Brackenbury appointed Constable of the Tower of London
On 17 Jul 1483 Robert Brackenbury was appointed Constable Tower of London for life meaning he was in direct care of The Princes in the Tower: Edward V King England and his brother Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk. .
Disappearance of the Princes in the Tower
Around Aug 1483 Edward V King England and his brother Richard York 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk disappeared from the Tower of London. Thomas More reports, sometime after the event, that Richard III King England requested Robert Brackenbury undertake the murder of the children. Upon Brackenbury's refusal Richard III King England instructed Robert Brackenbury give the keys to the Tower to James Tyrrell who would then undertake the task. .
Edward of Middleham created Prince of Wales
On 08 Sep 1483 Edward York Prince Wales was created Prince Wales, Earl Chester (6C 1483) at York Minster at an event attended by Richard III, Anne Neville Queen Consort England and Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire. Edward "Last Plantagenet" York 17th Earl Warwick and John York were knighted .