30 Apr 1483 Stony Stratford: Richard III's Dinner with the Woodvilles
Richard III King England  attended
Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers  attended
Richard Grey  attended
01 May 1483 Arrest of the Woodville Affinity
Richard III King England  attended
Edward V King England  captured
Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers  arrested
Thomas Vaughan  arrested
Richard Grey  arrested
c 03 May 1483 Elizabeth Woodville takes Sanctuary at Wesminster Abbey
Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England  took sanctuary
Richard 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk  took sanctuary
Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset  took sanctuary
10 May 1483 John Russell replaced Thomas Rotherham as Lord Chancellor
Thomas Rotherham, having previously given the Great Seal to Elizabeth Woodville and subsequently recovered it and given it to Cardinal Bourchier, was no longer trusted by Richard so replaced him with the loyal John Russell.
13 May 1483 Thomas Rotherham Archbishop York  replaced as Lord Chancellor
13 May 1483 John Russell Bishop Rochester, Bishop Lincoln appointed Lord Chancellor
25 Jun 1483 Pontefract Castle: Execution of the Woodvilles and their Affinity
Anthony Woodville 2nd Earl Rivers  beheaded
Thomas Vaughan  beheaded
Richard Grey  executed
13 Jun 1483 Tower of London: Execution of Hastings
At a council meeting ostensibly to discuss the coronation Hastings was accussed of treason and summarily executed. Morton, Bishop of Ely, and Rotherham, Archibishop York, lately Lord Chancellor, being Lords Spiritual, avoided execution and were imprisoned in the Tower.
Richard III King England  attended the Council meeting
Cardinal John Morton  arrested
Thomas Rotherham Archbishop York  arrested
Henry Stafford 2nd Duke Buckingham  attended the Council meeting
16 Jun 1483 Richard, Duke of York, removed from Sanctuary to the Tower
22 Jun 1483 St Pauls Cross: The Princes of the Tower described as Illegitimate
Robert Stillington, Bishop of Bath and Wells, had advised Richard, Duke of Gloucester, future King Richard III, that he, Stillington, had officiated at the wedding of Edward IV and Eleanor Talbot before Edward's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville making the subsequent marrige bigamous and their children, therefore, illegitimate. Since George York 1st Duke Clarence had been attainted his children were ineligible for the throne and therefore, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was King Edward IV's rightful heir. Ralph Shaa, half-brother of the Mayor of London, preached the new found illegitimacy of the Princes in the Tower at St Paul's Cross.
Ralph Shaa preached the bastardy of Edward IV's children by Elizabeth Woodville including Edward V being therefore ineligible to be King.
26 Jun 1483 Richard III elected King by the Three Estates
Was it a usurption of Edward V? Not necessarily. If Robert Stillington was being truthful and King Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was bigamous then the children were illegitimate and excluded from the succession; Richard III was the lawful heir to the throne. In both the previous usurptions, Edward II King England and Richard II King England, the Kings were forced to abdicate. In the case of Richard III Edward V was regarded as inelligible for the succession so not required to abdicate; Edward V wasn't King because he was illegitimate. The argument rests solely on the word of Richard Stillington. It is worth noting that Stillington had been imprisoned by King Edward IV in 1478 for some unknown reason; the same that George York 1st Duke Clarence was executed by his brother, the reason for which is unknown.
06 Jul 1483 Westminster Abbey: Coronation of Richard III
Cardinal Thomas Bourchier  presided
Elizabeth Woodville Queen Consort England  attended
Anne Neville Queen Consort England  appointed Queen Consort England
Henry Stafford 2nd Duke Buckingham  carried the king's train
John Pole 2nd Duke Suffolk  carried the Sceptre
Thomas Howard 2nd Duke Norfolk  carried the Crown
John Howard 1st Duke Norfolk  attended
Elizabeth York 2nd Duchess Suffolk  processed in Queen Anne's train
Henry Percy 5th Earl Northumberland  carried The Blunt Sword of Mercy
Thomas Stanley 1st Earl Derby  carried the Lord High Constable's Mace
Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire  bore the Queen's Crown
John Pole 1st Earl Lincoln  carried the Cross and Ball
Edmund Grey 1st Earl Kent  carried The Pointed Sword of Justice
Margaret Beaufort 1st Countess Richmond, 1st Countess Derby  held Queen Anne's train
22 Aug 1485 Thomas Fitzalan 17th Earl Arundel  attended
Francis 1st Viscount Lovell  carried the Third Sword of State
Christopher 10th Baron Willoughby Eresby  appointed Knight of the Bath
Richard Hastings 9th Baron Willoughby Eresby  attended
Humphrey 1st Baron Dacre Gilsland  attended
Thomas St Leger  attended
Robert Dymoke  attended as the Kings's Champion
William Brandon present
c Aug 1483 Tower of London: Disappearance of the Princes in the Tower
Edward V King England  disappeared
Richard 1st Duke York, 1st Duke Norfolk  disappeared
08 Sep 1483 York Minster: Edward of Middleham created Prince of Wales
Richard III King England  attended
Anne Neville Queen Consort England  attended
Edward of Middleham York Prince Wales  Prince Wales
Edward Stafford 2nd Earl Wiltshire  present
Edward "Last Plantagenet" York 17th Earl Warwick  knighted
Oct 1483 Buckingham's Rebellion
c Oct 1483 Thomas Grey 1st Marquess Dorset  escaped to Henry VII in Brittany
1483 Edward Courtenay 1st Earl Devon escaped to Henry VII in Brittany
Richard Woodville 3rd Earl Rivers  attainted
John 1st Viscountess Welles  escaped at Brittany
1483 Giles 1st Baron Daubeney  escaped to Henry VII in Brittany
c Oct 1483 Robert 1st Baron Willoughby Broke  escaped to Henry VII in Brittany
1483 Walter Hungerford took part
c Oct 1483 Richard Guildford  escaped to Henry VII in Brittany
22 Jul 1484 Lochmaden: Battle of Lochmaben Fair
James Black Douglas 3rd Earl Avondale, 9th Earl Douglas  captured
1484 Titulus Regius
The Act of Parliament by which Richard III justified his usurption of King Edward V. Richard described, on the evidence of Bishop Stillington, how his eldest brother King Edward IV was precontracted to Eleanor Butler and, as a consequence, his marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was invalid and, therefore, the children of the marriage, were illegitimate and, therefore, not eligible for the succession.
The only evidence of the precontract was the word of Bishop Stillington. He is vague insofar as he doesn't specify when or where. He only confirms, conveniently, that he was the ony witness.
Titulus Regius doesn't describe when the pre-contract was supposed to have occurred. Eleanor Butler was born around 1436. She was married at 13 to Thomas Butler. King Edward IV was born 1442 so he would have been around six at the time of Eleanor's marriage. It is hardly credible that Edward would have entered into a pre-contract on his own volition (his father was in France) around the age of six?
Eleanor's husband died sometime before Mar 1461. Edward married Elizabeth Woodville in 1464. There is then a window of three years during which Edward may have been precontracted. The position is further confused by Eleanor having been one of Edward's mistresses for a long period.
On the accession of King Henry VII Titulus Regius was repealed and all copies destroyed. Fortunately one copy survived.