• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How successful was Richard IIIs reign as King of England?

Extracts from this document...


How successful was Richard III?s reign as King of England? (24 marks) Richard III?s reign was not successful. He alienated his nobility, failed to gain a good reputation around the country and had a bad foreign policy. Richard mistreated a proportion of his nobles. He forced loans off them to pay for things such as Edwards IV?s funeral, the chapel for Henry VI and many more. He also had a poor relationship with his southern nobles, which did not benefit him as they were closest to the capital city, London. This linked to the Buckingham Rebellion, which showed this weak authority of the country, and the nobles power and influence over the English people. ...read more.


The nobility did not help Richard?s reign, and were the most prominent reasons for Richard not being successful in the few years of his rule. Richard?s reputation was built up to be one of an evil usurper. There were scandalous rumours around his succession, such as the murder of the Princes in the Tower, said to be instigated by him. Also, the murder of his wife after his son, Richard Prince of Wales died. The Lancastrians in the country now had a new figure head, Henry Tudor. This lowered Richard?s reputation even more, as people had another possible King in mind for the throne, and preferred him to Richard. ...read more.


Richard did not handle his finances very well. He forced loans off nobles to pay for events and celebrations, such as his sons crowning of the Prince of Wales and a lot of money for Edward VI?s funeral. He carried on the expensive war with Scotland, which ended in defeat. Despite this, Richard handled the finances himself, instead of having a Treasury and employing people to handle the countries economy. Richard III did not succeed as a successful king of England, and when he died in battle was not celebrated for his rule 1483 to 1485, and would always be known as a murdering, evil usurper to the majority of his people. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level British History: Monarchy & Politics essays

  1. How effective was Richard III as a king from 1483 - 1485?

    By making a truce with Brittany, Richard III suggested the possible renewal of the Triple Alliance and a possible English invasion to the French Government, which increased their hostility. Although Richard III continued and developed the chamber system that had proved so effective during Edward IV's reign, however, his expenditure

  2. Discuss Shakespeare's presentation of women in Richard III. Are they convincing characters?

    She wonders how he can possibly woo her and sarcastically she suggests he should send her 'a pair of bleeding hearts; thereon engrave Edward and York;' or 'A handkerchief, which, say to her, did drain/ The purple sap from her sweet brother's body,' to wipe her eyes with.

  1. How stable was the government of England during the reign of Richard III?

    It was popular rumour that Richard had poisoned her. He lost his son, and only heir. Without a wife, another heir was not going to be produced. Losing his heir to the throne weakened Richard's position as King. A king with no heir would be easy to dispose of, with

  2. In what ways was England stable during the reign of Richard III?

    Bishop Thomas Langton said: "He contents the people where he goes best that ever did prince, for many a poor man hath suffered wrong many days, hath been relieved and helped by him, and his commands on his progress. And in many great cities and towns were great sums of money given to him, which he hath refused.

  1. How effective was Richard III as King of England?

    of Buckingham, a strong supporter of Richard, was dissatisfied with his rewards. In spite of this short-lived rebellion, Richard's hold on the throne seemed secure as he continued to enforce the strong, sober government of his brother. There were so few great Nobles he had killed many of them (he savaged the Woodville's, destroyed Hastings and executed Buckingham).

  2. How Successful was Edward Carson in His Defense of Unionism During The Third Home ...

    He knew that by doing so, he would have an issue that would unite the party and project the required united front. Bonar-Law cared greatly for Ulster, his father worked as a minister in Coleraine, before emigrating to Canada where he was born.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work