medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

Rosemary Hayes wrote:
> In between Tom's two stories is the idea that Edward IV was not the
> son of Richard duke of York but of an archer.  In his book on the
> Battle of Bosworth, Michael K Jones takes this story seriously
> (perhaps the first to do so) and makes a great deal of the fact that
> Richard's second son, Edmund, was baptized in Rouen cathedral in
> great state, while Edward was not. Personally, I think it more likely
> that Edward was baptized quickly because of fear of infant mortality
> but I suppose there may be something in it.

Edward was actually the fourth child, and second son, of Richard and Cecily 
(Neville). He was the second child to survive infancy - altogether, six of 
the thirteen children died young.

John Briggs

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