Richard III 'Plantagenet' King Of ENGLAND

Male 1452 - 1485  (32 years)


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  • Name Richard III 'Plantagenet' King Of ENGLAND  [1, 3
    • Richard III Plantagenet, youngest son, born 2 Oct 1452, created Duke of Gloucester by his brother King Edward IV 1 Nov. 1461, Lord Protector 1483, deposed his nephew Edward V and usurped the throne 26 June 1483, crowned King of England 6 July 1483, slain at the Battle of Bosworth 22 Aug. 1485 fighting against the invader Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. [1]
    • Richard III was king for barely two years, but once he was dead, historians, clerics and even playwrights fell over themselves to blacken his name. Most of the propaganda was designed to serve the Tudor dynasty, which began when Henry VII's army defeated and killed Richard at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. However, in more recent time,s historians have questioned whether Richard III really deserves his evil reputation.

      Tall, lean, and with slender limbs. Richard was a handsome man. Contrary to William Shakespeare's portrayal of the King in 'The Life and Death of King Richard III', there is no evidence that Richard was a hunchback, although he might have had one shoulder slightly higher than the other. Devoted to his brother Edward, and reliable in all the many tasks Edward asked him to do, Richard was undoubtedly courageous and proved in his very short reign to be an energetic, painstaking, and just ruler.

      On 22 August 1485, the 8,000-strong army of Henry Tudor faced Richard's 12,000-strong army in fields just outside the town of Market Bosworth in Leicestershire. Richard's support soon ebbed away, but he himself dived courageously into the thick of battle, coming within a sword's length of Henry Tudor before he was cut down. [2]
    Born 02 Oct 1452  Fotheinghay Castle Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    Gender Male 
    Reigned Between 1483 and 1485  [3
    Died 22 Aug 1485  Killed - Battle of Bosworth Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Grey Friars Abbey, Leicester Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I21373  Main Tree
    Last Modified 18 May 2018 

    Father Richard PLANTAGENET,   b. 21 Sep 1411,   d. 30 Dec 1460, Battle of Wakefield Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Cecily DE NEVILLE,   b. 03 May 1415, Raby Castle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1495, Berkhamsted Castle Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married Bef 18 Oct 1424  [1, 4
    Married Between 1437 and 1438  [3
    Family ID F06840  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Anne NEVILLE,   b. 11 Jun 1456, Warwick Castle, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Mar 1485, Westminster Palace Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 28 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1472  Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Edward PLANTAGENET,   b. 1473, Middleham Castle Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1484  (Age 11 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 17 May 2018 
    Family ID F06854  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Grey Friars Abbey, Leicester Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S5008] "Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists", David Faris, (Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc.).

    2. [S9498] Kings & Queens of England and Scotland, Plantagenet Somerset Fry.

    3. [S01910] Blood Royal, Issue of the Kings and Queens of Medieval England 1066-1399 by. T. Anna Leese.

    4. [S5840] Ancestral Roots of Certain American Colonist Who Came to America before 1700, Frederick Lewis Weis.