In fact, Cecily seems to be saying that it was actually the journey she made to visit Margaret that was a painful ‘labour’ and had prompted her sickness, aggravated by her anxiety about her husband’s political position.
Rumours about the disappearance of the princes and their uncle's part in it soon began to circulate on the continent, where those who were disaffected by the current regime had taken refuge.
However, it was only after Richard's own death that the accusations became more substantive and they are still popularly believed.
The few facts that are known do not, however, support the traditional story, which was that they had been smothered by James Tyrell, Master of the Horse to Richard III, with the help of two men, Miles Forest and John Dighton.
The bodies were then buried at the foot of a flight of stairs in the Tower.
This also seemed to reinforce the earlier stories of a difficult birth.
However, Cecily mentioned meeting Margaret earlier in 1453. It is unlikely that sickness that developed between the spring and summer of 1453 could be attributed to a birth the previous October.The urn containing the 'bones' in Westminster Abbey Another major deficiency in 1933 was the lack of a reliable method for establishing a family relationship between the two bodies.In the report a relationship was largely assumed, and unreliable techniques then applied to prove it. With such young children this is difficult, but new techniques being developed will soon make it possible.This would at least enable us to know whether we were talking about late medieval bones or Roman bones, for example.It is likely that in the future even more accurate dating will be possible.According to Rous, Richard remained in the womb for two years, emerging with teeth and hair to his shoulders. It is for truth reported that the duchess his mother had so much ado in her travail, that she could not be delivered of him uncut: and that he came into the world with the feet forward … Credit: The British Library In the middle ages it was not permitted to cut a child from their mother’s womb unless the mother was already dead because Caesarian section was expected to be fatal.