What Sayest Thou?
Richard III. He is perhaps the most divisive monarch of the Plantagenet era. Did he murder his young nephews in the Tower so he could grab the throne? Edward named Richard Lord Protector upon his death as Richard had only showed him loyalty. Did Richard only reluctantly claim the throne when evidence that Edward’s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was not valid?
Who stood to gain by the boys’ disappearance? Yes, Richard. But what about Margaret Beaufort, the overzealous mother of Henry Tudor? With the princes gone, Henry could now advance his claim, which he did, defeating Richard at The Battle of Bosworth Field. Now, the Tudors could write the history of the Plantagenets. And isn’t it much better to have a “villainous” king deposed by a young hero?
So the question remains… Richard III: Loyal Brother or Murderous Uncle?
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