Edward V didn’t die in the Tower. Holbein painted him as he neared the age of 60, having escaped to Belgium, and then returning to England using at least two aliases at different times: Sir Thomas Godsalve (as in ‘God salve… the King’) – and Sir Edward Gylford (and what river more important to ford than that of guile?).

This video examines just one hidden item in Holbein’s masterpiece, letter by letter: ‘Edward V’, and judges the reliability of the evidence that he was indeed identifying Sir Thomas as the long lost Prince from the Tower. Do look for yourself, though – be sure you too can see the letters, because a lot hangs on this! Your own eyes are the best judge as to whether history should be turned on its head or not…

Do not rely on the eyes of experts, because many have reputations to defend, and this does make them look rather foolish. Their natural reaction will be to deny it is there. And do not just rely on mine, either: I want to reduce reliance on authorities, not become one myself. Trust only your own eyes!