Good summation of Richard III and the Wars of the Roses, for such nerds as I who are into that sort of thing.
Personally, I’ll buy that R3 felt obliged to see his nephews dead. Given the times he grew up in, and that several other kings of England had been quietly murdered by their usurpers, it’s not inconceivable.
But the rest of the Black Legend just reads like a desperate attempt to dredge up corroborating evidence.
Originally posted on Merry Farmer:
Last Monday, February 4th, medieval history made big news when the University of Leicester announced that remains that had been found buried under a car park in 2012 were, without a doubt, those of King Richard III. History nerds around the world rejoiced! Jokes abounded and internet memes went viral in celebration.
But who exactly was Richard III? If you found yourself muddling along, pretending you understood the significance of this discovery but really not having a clue, well, today’s your lucky day.
Richard III was the last of the Yorkist kings of England and the last of the Plantagenet line. His death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 represented not only the end of the War of the Roses, but is widely considered to be the end of the Middle Ages in England. He was succeeded by the man who defeated him, Henry VII, the first Tudor…
View original 1,086 more words