Richard III Plantagenet (of England), King of England
|Also Known As:||"Old Dick", "Crookback"|
|Birthplace:||Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England|
|Death:||Died in Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England|
|Cause of death:||Killed in Battle|
|Place of Burial:||Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, Leicestershire, England|
Son of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
|Managed by:||Ofir Friedman|
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A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.
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After the battle of Bosworth Henry VII didn't want anyone claiming that they were Richard III and had survived the battle.
Richard's body was taken to Leicester, slung naked over the back of a horse, and publicly displayed so people could see he was dead.
But there was the problem of how and where to bury him - what seems likely is that they wanted to avoid anything that would generate a posthumous cult.
There was a tradition in medieval England that people who were political victims then became popular saints. They wouldn't have wanted to bury him in York, where he was very popular.
Greyfriars was convenient and safe. Henry VII put steps in action for a tomb to be built, and the inscription was to be ambivalent, and in some ways rude about Richard III, talking about his nephews and indicating that he wasn't a very good king. There is evidence that people talked about him being buried there.
a short summary from Wikipedia:
King of England
Reign: 26 June 1483 – 22 August 1485
Coronation: 6 July 1483
Predecessor : Edward V
Successor: Henry VII
Consort: Anne Neville
Edward of Middleham
John of Gloucester (illegitimate)
Katherine Plantagenet (illegitimate)
House: House of York
Father: Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York
Mother: Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
Born: 2 October 1452
Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire
Died: 22 August 1485 (aged 32)
Bosworth Field, Leicestershire
Burial: Greyfriars, Leicester (reburial Leicester Cathedral 26 March 2015)
"Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England for two years, from 1483 until his death in 1485 during the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at the Battle of Bosworth Field was the decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses and is sometimes regarded as the end of the Middle Ages in England. He is the subject of an eponymous play by William Shakespeare."
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