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Lady Anne Mowbray, The High and Excellent Princess: The Child Wife of a Prince in the Tower by Marilyn Roberts

Posted By Claire on February 14, 2014

anne mowbrayI’d come across the Mowbrays through my research into the Howard family but I must admit to not knowing anything at all about Lady Anne Mowbray until I read this gem of a book by Marilyn Roberts.

Marilyn stumbled upon this child bride during her research into the Mowbray family for her book, The Mowbray Legacy, and decided that the story of this little girl and the discovery of her remains in a building site in London in 1964 deserved a book of its own. It is a fascinating story.

In Lady Anne Mowbray, The High and Excellent Princess, Marilyn Roberts shares her meticulous research into Anne’s life, taking the reader from 2011, when Marilyn visited Lady Anne’s tomb in Westminster Abbey, back in time through the history of the Mowbray family and sharing exactly how the bride of Richard, Duke of York, one of the princes in the Tower, ended up being dug up in a building site in 1964 when she’d been buried originally in Westminster Abbey. It is an engaging read and I found the story of the 1964 discovery particularly interesting, bearing in mind the controversy over the finding of the remains of Richard III under a car park in Leicester. While the discovery of Richard III’s remains was handled properly, the discovery of Anne’s was a complete disaster, resulting in a rather hurried re-interment. At least this little princess is now back where she was meant to be, in the beautiful Westminster Abbey.

Lady Anne Mowbray, The High and Excellent Princess is fully referenced, allowing readers to dig deeper into Anne’s story for themselves, and also contains five useful family trees so that readers can see how everyone fits together. Anyone interested in this period of history will enjoy this book and I highly recommend it.

Endorsement from Alison Weir:
“Marilyn Roberts is one of the foremost experts on the Mowbray family, a historian of the top rank, and her poignant rendering of the short life – and afterlife – of Anne Mowbray, last of her line and child bride of the younger of the Princes in the Tower, is as riveting as it is brilliantly researched. The author’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the geography of her story brings it all the more vividly to life. This is history at its forensic best. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.”

Book Details

Paperback: 116 pages
Publisher: Queens-Haven Publications (25 Nov 2013)
ISBN-10: 0954153928
ISBN-13: 978-0954153922
The book is available at £8.99 plus postage direct from the publisher at


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