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Scene 1. The ailing Edward attempts to restore peace by having Queen Elizabeth and her kinsmen
swear friendship with Hastings and Buckingham. When Richard reports Clarence’s death, Edward is
devastated, believing himself responsible.
Scene 2. The old Duchess of York mourns Clarence, hinting darkly to his two children about
Richard’s involvement. Queen Elizabeth enters grieving the death of King Edward. It is agreed that
her son Edward must be brought immediately from Ludlow for coronation. Buckingham and Richard
are determined “to part the queen’s proud kindred from the prince.”
Scene 3. Citizens express deep concerns about the accession of a child to the throne. Scene 4. Queen Elizabeth and the Duchess of York are horrified to learn of the arrests by Richard and
Buckingham of Rivers, Grey and Sir Thomas Vaughan. Elizabeth decides to seek sanctuary with her
youngest son the Duke of York.
Scene 1. Prince Edward arrives in London with Richard and Buckingham. The Duke of York is
removed from sanctuary and the princes go to lodge at the Tower until the coronation. Richard sends
Catesby to Hastings to ascertain his reaction should Richard become king.