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Two Princes

Parents need to know that The Two Princes is a star-studded (Christine Baranski, Samira Wiley, Shohreh Aghdashloo) fantasy adventure that revolves around the forbidden romance between the princes of rival kingdoms as they partner up to confront a series of supernatural villains intent on destroying their home. The podcast reimagines the outdated fairytale standard by centering around queer characters and characters of different racial and ethnic backgrounds. Themes center around acceptance, bravery, courage, and teamwork. Great audio and production quality make for an impactful story with some scary moments and instances of peril. Some edgy humor and sarcastic tone make this podcast appealing for slightly older kids and adults, but the story is wholesome and sweetly told.

Two Princes

THE TWO PRINCES is a modern fairytale that follows Prince Rupert (Noah Galvin) and Prince Amir (Ari'el Stachel) as they embark on a quest to break the curse that is slowly destroying their rival kingdoms, while simultaneously growing their relationship. The two must journey to the center of a fantastical forest where quicksand, giant wasps, and other dangers await. Meanwhile, the princes mothers, voiced by Christine Baranski and Shohreh Aghdashloo, band together to rescue the boys from the terrible fate that awaits them at the forest's heart with the help of the daring young knight named Joan (Samira Wiley). Other seasons center around the princes fighting to continuously protect their kingdom while also looking toward planning their wedding.

What became of these young boys remains a mystery: they were never seen alive again. We may never know the truth about the poor princes, but they were victims of one of the most vicious inter-family conflicts this country has ever known.

Around 30 years lapsed before the first account of the princes' disappearance was written. This was in an unfinished biography, The History of Richard III written by Henry VIII's Chancellor Sir Thomas More between 1513 and 1518. Not only was More writing some time after the event, but he was writing to validate a Tudor version of history. In this account, Richard is portrayed as the villain, blamed for ordering the boys' murders, to be carried out by two servants.

His increasing paranoia as his enemies multiplied led him to having a close ally, Lord Hastings, arrested and executed at the Tower. While they lived, the young princes would have been an increasing threat to Richard.

The Princes and the Treasure, a fairytale children's book featuring two gay princes, was released around the world after its initial release in the United States earlier this year. Although the story begins with the typical plot of the prince on a quest to save the princess and find a treasure, it blossoms into a love story when the two princes Earnest and Gallant meet during their mission, do some self-discovery, and realize that the real treasure they have found is the love they have for each other. They even get married!

These bones had been re-buried in an urn in 1674 and placed in the Henry VIIth Chapel in the Abbey. The skeletons aroused much interest and debate as they were believed by many historians to be the bones of the two princes who were reputedly murdered in the Tower of London in the 15th century.

The princes were Edward V and his brother Richard Duke of York, the sons of Edward IV and his Queen, Elizabeth Woodville. Their uncle, Richard of Gloucester, later Richard III, came after them in the succession.

Sir Thomas More states that the princes were smothered with the pillows on their beds by Sir James Tyrell, John Dighton and Miles Forest. Tyrell is reported to have confessed to the crime in 1502 when under sentence of death for treason.

Richard III is the name most associated with the mystery of the two little princes. It is said that he had them killed as their right to the throne was stronger than his. Shakespeare certainly decided that he had given the order for the boys to be killed.

But a question mark hangs over the Westminster Abbey sarcophagus, where these bones reside in a Christopher Wren monument. They are far from the only bones of adolescents found in the Tower of London in the centuries since the princes disappeared, and examination of the remains has only once been undertaken since the 17th century. Even then, the findings were far from satisfactory.

It is possible the princes have still not been found. Despite attempts by monarchs and writers either to silence the enigma of the princes, or spin the tale of their disappearance for their own ends, the mystery endures. Perhaps it always will. 041b061a72


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