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

Richard III and the stability and unstability of England.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sophie Relph History Essay- Richard III and the stability and unstability of England Richard became King of England on July the sixth 1483 after the heir to the throne was proclaimed illegitimate. Whether this claim was true or not is questionable. During Richards reign, the stability of England has been debated. Was he the ruler England needed to end the 'Wars of the Roses' and bring stability back to the English people? Or did he cause England to be restless and unsettled? Is it a good thing that Henry Tudor defeated him in the Battle of Bosworth? This essay will look at the different points, which, under the reign of Richard III made the country stable or unstable. England under Richard III was stable in that he had lots of experience. He had been made ruler of the North of England in 1471 and had been allowed to Marry Anne due to his loyalty to his brother Edward IV whilst he was King. ...read more.

Middle

This proved that he had won the support of most of Britain, this was probably because people knew that he had been a loyal supporter of his brother during his reign and most people had liked Edward IV. Buckingham's rebellion was dealt with effectively and discreetly to prevent publicity. If the rebellion had been made a bid deal of people might have started to doubt the capability of their ruler. Another reason why England was seen as stable during Richards's reign was that he managed to refrain from having any civil war during his time on throne. This was helpful because civil war caused death and if there had been the country would have been seen as unstable. England was quite free from fighting until the Battle of Bosworth began and the plots started taking place. However, Richard had done some stupid things, which lost him support and gained him many enemies. At the time enemies were bad to have because they could lead to him getting overthrown. ...read more.

Conclusion

People associated Richard with the Woodvilles and this made him unpopular and unstable. All the executions were another factor to Richards's instability. Executions were thought of as an excuse for getting rid of your opponents and this was seen to be an easy way out of it. The rebellions suggest that England under Richard III was unstable. The very fact that there were rebellions means that many people were unhappy with Richard and the way the country was being run. These influences would have unsettled people who mightn't otherwise question the way the country was being run. After explaining both sides of the argument the conclusion is that England was unstable under the rule of Richard III. Although he had popularity, he didn't have the loyal aristocratic support he needed to run the country. Some people thought he was the rightful king but many others doubted him due to the executions. The majority were just waiting for Henry Tudor to come along and side with them. He maintained the country as well as he could but nothing could stop his enemies plotting together to undermine his authority. ...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. The Battle of Bosworth.

    The spot Henry had picked to attack from was perfect. The slope was steep and so gave him protection and meant that Richard's force would have to come down from the steep slope to fight. The sheer steepness of the slope can be seen in the picture below: By defending Henry could hold off Richard and maintain and advantage.

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

    Henry Tudor who was living in Brittany was receiving from the Duke if Brittany. Both France and England wanted him. The French would interpret Richard's offer of support for Brittany as an action typical of the English enemy. He failed to prevent foreign powers from capitalising on a dangerous pretender by sponsoring an invasion of England.

  1. What was the most significant cause of civil strife in England from 1455-61?

    What then, caused the abrupt turn of events after 1437? The answer, as ever, lies with Henry. After his first year as lieutenant-general in Lancastrian France he was owed substantial amounts of money by the government. After having to delve into his personal finances to fund his activities in France,

  2. How important was foreign support for Henry Tudor in explaining Richard III

    When the French king heard about the alliance between Richard III and the Duke of Brittany he decided to back Henry Tudor as he felt they might have joined together against France. At this point Henry is placed in a very good position as he now has the backing of the king of France.

  1. Nell Gwyn (Playhouse Cretaures) essay

    By the summer of 1668, Gwyn's affair with the King was well-known, though there was little reason to believe it would last for long. She continued to act at the King's House, her new notoriety drawing larger crowds and encouraging the playwrights to craft more roles specifically for her.

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

    He also implies that her family are all out of control, by saying 'Anthony Woodville, her brother there.' Richard rightly views her as an enemy, since she opposes his rise to power and Elizabeth seems well aware of his hostility towards her.

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

    at the battle of Bosworth at a crucial time against Richard and aided in his loss of the battle. Propaganda was another weak area of Richard's kingship, which is demonstrated by the ineffectiveness of his 1484 act. This was meant to confirm the validity of Richard III's claim to the throne and act as proclamation against Henry Tudor.

  2. Why was Henry Tudor able to overthrow Richard III?

    Finding men loyal to him rather than the House of York proved difficult and the few he found were generally men who were part of his ducal affinity built up in his brother's reign when he controlled the north. Putting these northerners in key positions in the south caused resentment among the southern nobility.

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