LEICESTER, England—Norma Benathan burst into tears the first time she laid eyes on the ruins of Penrith Castle, in northwest England. More than half a millennium before, her personal hero and the former king of England, Richard III, lived at the 14th century royal fortress before heading into battle. Now, Ms. Benathan, a retired clerk who lives in Lancaster, is heading into battle herself—over where recently unearthed bones that may be Richard´s should be buried. Richard, who reigned from 1483 to 1485, is a hot topic again. One of the most controversial English royals—described as a murderer by some;
I confess to being a Richard III supporter, the tudors were a bunch of thugs and historians back then were not encouraged, under penalty of death, to praise Richard at all. He was not the hunchback that is usually shown as fact. Interesting post!!
Sharon Kay Penman weaves a wonderful story (meticulously researched and attributed) of Richard and the bloody struggle between the Yorkist and Lancastrians in her book The Sunne In Splendour. I highly recommend it and other Penman novels dealing with England´s medieval period. You´ll become infatuated with that period of English history and its litany of both valiant and ruthless ruling monarchs.
How the establishment of the period (Shakespeare, etc)portrayed Richard III as a villain to accommodate the Tudors presents an interesting analogy with our times. Today´s establishment (Spielberg, etc) portray Lincoln as a compassionate, noble leader who risked his career to free the slaves, etc. But a closer look at Lincoln´s view of blacks and what he actually did for them is quite different.
In order to show proper respect for one of England´s greatest kings, Richard should be reinterned in Westminster Abby. Richard III, was the G.W. Bush of his day. The Tudors blamed everything from the birth of two headed calfs, to crop failures on poor Richard.
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Bill the Cat, 1/19/2013 1:53:56 PM (No. 9126665)
#4, There is a reasonable probability that nobody did. Especially if Perkin Warbeck was indeed who he claimed to be. They simply disappeared from the historical record. Furthermore, if his nephews were a threat to him, then ALL of his nephews would have been a threat.
Therefore, he would have also have offed his other nephew, Edward Plantagenet, 17th Earl of Warwick. Turns out that Henry VII had him executed instead. So ask yourself, who did these nephews really threaten? Richard III, who legally obtained the throne, or Henry VII, who usurped the throne and then promptly killed the other Plantagents as soon as he (and his psychotic son Henry VIII) could get around to it.
#8, I read The Sunne in Splendour as a college student on the recommendation of my Tudor History prof (define irony...), and became an ardent Yorkist as a result. It, and the other Penman books are exceptional.
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