Richard III

Much of this website and most of the parent Richard III Society website is about Richard.

Here are some of the highlights.

He was born as a younger son into a family with strong claims to the throne of England from two of the sons of Edward III. All his life until the age of about 30 he was a loyal younger brother to Edward IV until the latter’s death in 1483.

He had the usual upbringing of a son of the nobility, being placed with one of the most powerful families in England – the Nevilles of Middleham. His father suffered a violent death at the hands of the ruling Lancastrians when Richard was aged eight. His older brother, Edward, was able to achieve revenge in battle the following year and become King himself.

At age 18 he led part of an army and fought alongside his two brothers at Barnet (April 1471) and Tewkesbury (May 1471), comprehensively defeating the Lancastrian armies. This ended the lives of Warwick, his former guardian, and also Edward of Lancaster, Prince of Wales.

In Edward IV’s second reign he was given a key role of guarding the north of England from invasion and keeping the peace between feuding landowners.

He married, Anne Neville, the daughter of his former guardian and acquired vast lands and wealth.

Following his brother’s sudden death in April 1483 he faced several crises in rapid succession. His reign as Richard III began by making quite a few enemies as well as promoting friends, many from the north of England.

Although he appears to have been regarded by many of his subjects as a fair and just King, his nemesis arrived two years later in the form of Henry Tudor, provisioned by both the King of France and his mother, Lady Margaret Beaufort.

Richard was brutally killed at Bosworth (22 August 1485) during the last cavalry charge made by a King of England. His naked body was mutilated, put on public display and only by the charity of the Greyfriars of Leicester was his body placed in a grave in consecrated ground. The site of that grave was forgotten over time but rediscovered in 2012 and the full story of this remarkable historical and archaeological investigation can be found in the Richard III Society website and in many books.

After a thorough scientific analysis of his skeleton his remains were reburied with full honours in Leicester Cathedral where you can see his tomb.

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