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A Strasbourg doctor, the last of his attendants, whose services the King enjoyed, reported that the young King, like a victim prepared for sacrifice, sought remission of his sins by daily confession and penance, because he believed that death was facing him.
Already there was a suspicion that he had been done away with.
Richard dined with Earl Rivers and Richard Grey that evening, but the following morning they, along with the king's chamberlain, Thomas Vaughan, were arrested and sent to Richard's power base in the north.
Edward, who seems to have been a promising and intelligent youth, objected, but was humiliatingly powerless.
On the pretext that his brother required his company and the Queen was being foolish, the ten year old Richard, Duke of York, was removed from the safety of sanctuary at Westminster and taken to join him in the Tower.
At a meeting of the council at the Tower on the thirteenth of June, arranged to discuss Edward V's coronation, Gloucester, the Lord Protector, had William, Lord Hastings suddenly and unexpectedly arrested on a charge of treason.
Edward's mother had taken sanctuary at the abbey during the brief restoration of the Lancastrian king, Henry VI by the ambitious Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, known as 'Warwick the Kingmaker'.
An unmistakable atmosphere of coup d'etat gripped the city.
While the grasping Woodvilles had been unpopular, King Edward IV had been much loved by the people, and therefore most were loyal to his son.
News of the dramatic occurrences at Stony Stratford raced ahead of them, Queen Elizabeth Woodville, in a state of agitation, fled to Westminster Abbey with her daughters and her younger son, Richard, Duke of York.
Avaricious as ever, she did not fail to take all her possessions into sanctuary with her.