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What Richard III a Tyrant as King? 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. On the death of the king, Edward's eldest son, then only 12 years old, was proclaimed king as Edward V. It was due to this, with the aid of Henry Stafford, second duke of Buckingham, Richard seized custody of the young king and was able to assume the protectorship. ...read more.


When Richard arrived in London he quickly on the spot killed Lord Hastings. He moved him to take out the support for his nephew, Edward V, as Lord Hastings had been possibly Edward V biggest supporter. Richard later said it was due to the fact that Hastings had been scheming himself to take the crown. But by killing Hatings on the spot seems a dictatorial act with both this act and the manner that Richard took the crown does not help to improve the view of Richard III. Richard had the two princes taken to the Tower of London, after he had obtained their custody, where they were promptly never seen again. It is unclear as to what happened, or who gave the order for their murders. The Duke of Buckingham, Richard's right hand man at the time, was blamed for giving the order without Richard's knowledge, but more realistic ideas suggest that Richard had them removed to make his journey to the throne straightforward. Money-wise England was in quite a bad state because of wars during the reign of Edward IV against Scotland and France. ...read more.


The play starts as the civil wars end, however, the Duke of Gloucester finds himself 'discontented' in peacetime, so he starts to plot against the throne. From the very beginning of the play you hear of his cold-hearted murderous deeds, but also of his cunning plots to succeed the throne.The play is also about a battle of conscience; Richard refuses to accept he even has a conscience, another sign that he is rooted in pure evil. Although he collapses mentally the night before the battle at Bosworth, he finds that he is forced to confront the reality of something he chose to ignore. It can be argued that this lack of acceptance led to his downfall. Richard did show on many occurrences that he was not a tyrant. He was a normal man with a slight deformity of a humped back. His labour for religion and to the financial state of England shows this fact. However Richards route to power does point out a deeper, more mysterious side to his character. An attribute of the tyrant King is the seize of the thrown without proper reason or motive. But I do not believe that Richard III of England was as history makes him out to be. By Harriet Wilshaw ...read more.

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