In 1486 – just a year after Henry VII had killed Richard III at the battle of Bosworth and seized the crown - a young man claiming to be a Yorkist prince appeared to oust the usurper and reclaim the throne for the legitimate royal family.
Who was this boy?
One Tudor historian said he claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, younger of the ‘princes in the Tower’. Another wrote that he claimed to be Edward, Earl of Warwick, cousin of the ‘princes,’ and son of George, Duke of Clarence.
Some modern historians have suggested that he may really have been Edward V – the elder ‘prince in the Tower’.
Henry VII’s government officially announced that the boy was an imposter called Lambert Simnel, son of a craftsman from Oxford.
But late fifteenth-century Continental and Irish writers insisted that he was the genuine Earl of Warwick.
Whoever he was, he had the backing of key members of the Yorkist royal family, notably Margaret of York Duchess of Burgundy, and John de La Pole, Earl of Lincoln - the sister and the nephew of the late King Richard III).
Whoever he was, he was crowned King of England in Dublin’s cathedral. He then invaded England, only to be defeated at the battle of Stoke. Reputedly he was subsequently employed in a menial capacity in Henry VII’s household.
"The Dublin King"