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Did Richard III lose or Henry win the throne in 1485?

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  • Submitted: 05/02/2004
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AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics

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Did Richard III lose or Henry win the throne in 1485?

I think Henry Tudor won the throne in 1485 at the battle of Bosworth Field. However Richard contributed heavily to Henrys success and didn't help himself. So in effect he also lost the throne. If Henry had not won this battle however it is likely the Richard would have carried on being king for quite some considerable time. It was however Richard who was responsible for the events leading up to the battle of Bosworth.

Richards rule was always unstable due to his unlawful usurpation to the throne and his part as far as the public was concerned in the death of the two princes. As a result right from the start he didn't have the trust or support from his country. As soon as he became King people were already plotting against him. After he was crowned he travelled the country trying to raise support by refusing the generous gifts offered to him by various cities. However unknown to him a rebellion was been planned in the South. Buckingham's rebellion in October 1483 highlighted just how deep his country's mistrust went. Instead of the

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