Richard III: Englands Black Legend by Desmond SewardWith the victory of Henry Tudor, the usurping dynasty made an effort to besmirch the last Plantagenet’s reputation, and some historians claim that Richard’s black legend is nothing more than political propaganda. Yet such an interpretation, as Desmond Seward shows in this powerfully-argued book, suggests a refusal to face the facts of history. Even
in the king’s lifetime there were rumors about his involvement in the murders of Henry VI and of his nephews, the Princes in the Tower, while his reign was considered by many to be a nightmare, not least for the king himself. The real Richard III was both a chilling and compelling monarch, a peculiarly grim young English precursor of Machiavelli’s Prince. Sweeping aside sentimental fantasy, this is a colorful, authoritative biography that offers a definitive picture of both the age and the man.
He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth Field , the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses , marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. Arrangements were made for Edward's coronation on 22 June Before the king could be crowned, the marriage of his parents was declared bigamous and therefore invalid. Now officially illegitimate, their children were barred from inheriting the throne.
For almost years after his death, he was generally depicted as the worst and most wicked of kings.
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The Tudors ride high in popular esteem. He is the Machiavellian king, the one who climbed his way to the throne on the bodies of his brother, nephews, and who knows how many others. But is this really the Richard who lived and died all those years ago? Was his defeat at Bosworth Field the herald of a golden time, or was it far more complex than that? Find out more about Richard III below.
The church became lost over time but experts are hoping to find the remains of the building and with it the remains of the king's final resting place. Relatives of Richard III, whose body was unearthed in Leicester, have won the right to challenge plans to rebury his remains in the city. He has become infamous because of the disappearance of his young nephews known as the Princes in the Tower as well as William Shakespeare's play 'Richard III'. He was the subject of a play by William Shakespeare 'Richard III' though historians are quick to point out the play is not history but years of propaganda. Following Richard III death rumours surfaced that he was born with severe deformaties, but historians believe this is not true but the result of Tudor propaganda who used his 'deformity' to 'prove' his guilt in killing his nephews, in Tudor times it was believed a deformed body meant the mind was also deformed and 'evil'. Last updated Sat 19 Jul
Reinterment activities will begin on 22 March so in honour of the last Plantagenet king, author of biography Richard III, David Baldwin , shares some of the secrets his research has unearthed. No one would have supposed that he would ever become king. Richard was twice forced to seek safety in Europe. The first time was in after his father was killed at the Battle of Wakefield, and the second in after Warwick the Kingmaker had deposed his brother King Edward IV. Richard was given extensive responsibilities in Wales in and the beginning of