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Richard Plantagenet, III

Also Known As: "Old Dick", "Crookback"
Birthplace: Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England
Death: August 22, 1485 (32)
Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England (Killed in Battle)
Place of Burial: Leicester Cathedral, Leicester, Leicestershire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York
Husband of Anne Neville, Queen consort of England
Partner of NN mistresses of Richard III NN
Father of Richard Plantagenet; Katherine Plantagenet, Countess of Huntington; John of Gloucester; Stephen Hawes; Various Illegitimate of Richard III and 1 other
Brother of Joan Plantagenet, of York; Anne Leger, Duchess of Exeter; Henry Plantagenet, of York; Edward IV of England; Edmund Plantagenet, Earl of Rutland and 7 others

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About Richard III, King of England

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A skeleton found beneath a Leicester car park has been confirmed as that of English king Richard III.

Richard III dig: DNA confirms bones are king's:

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Richard III's scarred skeleton becomes a battlefield for academics: (contains an image showing his severe scoliosis

Remains of King Richard III: Analysis by Dr Steven Gunn, University of Oxford

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:

Richard III

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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Profile portrait-Earliest surviving portrait (c1520-after a lost original), formerly belonging to the Paston family (Society of Antiquaries, London)

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Richard III, King of England's Timeline

October 2, 1452
Fotheringhay Castle, Fotheringhay, Northamptonshire, England
Brawnston, Oxfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Westminster, Middlesex, England (United Kingdom)
December 1473
Middleham Castle, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England
August 22, 1485
Age 32
Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England