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Was Richard III A Wicked Tyrant?

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WAS RICHARD III A WICKED TYRANT? Throughout history, this very title has been disputed and the outcome has remained debatable to this very day. Richard, Duke of York had remained loyal to his brother, Edward IV throughout his years of reign, and had been well rewarded for his support, he became the Duke of Gloucester. In marrying Anne Neville, daughter of Earl of Warwick, he had inherited mass amounts of Neville land in the north of England after both the Earl and Anne died. He was respected within the northern parts of England and provided land for his friends. He was an able man who showed signs of being an efficient king amidst the preoccupations of the rebellions, sadly he went about it the wrong way. ...read more.

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He professed that he had been informed, by a Bishop, of how Edward had been betrothed to a woman by the name of Eleanor Boteles, before his marriage to Elizabeth in 1464. This therefore proved the marriage was invalid and the children were bastards. There was no evidence to contradict Richard, as both Edward and Eleanor were dead, she had died a number of years before the story came out. With all other claimants to the throne dead, Richard was the rightful heir. Richard's seizure of the throne could also be seen as ambitious, or overly ambitious, and this cost him support. On becoming king, he had shared southern land between his northern supporters, loosing all trust and loyalty from the south. ...read more.

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This revolt collapsed, and Buckingham was executed. The very fact that Richard's closest allies were revolting against him was a clear indication that he would have to fight hard to hold onto the throne and his power. It is probably the suggestion that Richard was responsible for two boys murder that led to many leaving him and supporting the opposition of Henry Tudor who proved to be more than Richard was prepared for. In 1485, Henry landed in Wales, defeated and killed Richard in the battle of Bosworth Field, and ascended the throne. Despite his usurpation of the throne, Richard was not the total villain that tradition has made him, or how his evil reputation, immortalised by Shakespeare's Richard III was portrayed. Richard was the last of the Yorkist kings, and, in retrospect, his death ended the Wars of the Roses. Anna Remington SCM History (2) ...read more.

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