Monday, 4 February 2013

Richard III: a quick backstory

Who was Richard III?

  Often painted as a hunchbacked monster by William Shakespeare, some records say that he was in fact not the villain as claimed by the playwright.

His father, Richard of York, died in battle with his brother Edmund when Richard was just eight years old. When his brother Edward IV was restored to the throne in 1471, Richard began building his reputation as a power player.

Edward died in April 1483 and Richard was named as protector of the realm for Edward's son and successor, the 12-year-old Edward V. 

Immortalised by the line 'A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse', he is thought to have been killed in battle, beginning Henry Tudor's reign as Henry VII.

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