John Argentine

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John Argentine (died 1507) was an English physician who attended Edward V of England and later Arthur, Prince of Wales, and was Provost of King's College, Cambridge.

Life[edit]

He was the son of John d'Argentine, of Great Wymondley. The Argentines had been settled in Cambridgeshire since the Norman conquest of England. He was educated at Eton and King's College, Cambridge.[1]

A doctor, trained in Strasbourg, Argentine was the last attendant of the Princes in the Tower. He fled England after the Coronation of King Richard III and became one of the possible sources for Dominic Mancini's report that the young King Edward V was daily in fear of his life.

Argentine's evidence was also the basis for French declarations that the Princes in the Tower of London had been murdered and their assassin crowned as King Richard III.

Later he became physician to Prince Arthur. He ended his life as Provost of King's College, Cambridge and is buried there in the Chantry Chapel.

Popular culture[edit]

Argentine is a major character in the Channel 4 drama The Princes in the Tower, in which he interrogates Perkin Warbeck to test the veracity of his claim to being Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York. He is portrayed in the show by John Castle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Argentine, John (ARGN457J)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Dogget
Provost of King's College, Cambridge
1501–1508
Succeeded by
Richard Hatton