This day in 1452 was born Richard Plantagenet, youngest son of Richard, Duke of York and his wife Cecily Neville at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.
He was destined to become one of England’s most famous kings despite only reigning for just over two years. Defamed after his death by the Tudors, he was a decent man, a loyal brother, a fair and just Lord and would have been, in my opinion, one of our greatest kings. “Why?” I hear you ask . “Didn’t he usurp the throne and murder his nephews?”
Well, as regards the charge of ‘usurper’, the term means taking something (the Crown) by force or without legal authority. He did not take do this as he was petitioned to become King by the Three Estates and this was legally ratified in the following Parliament (Titulus Regius – all copies of which Henry Tudor tried to destroy. Luckily…
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