Background to the Coronation of King Richard III and Anne Neville

Very accurate summary

Fleeting Glimpse

The North Face of Westminster abbey The North Front of Westminster Abbey

Today in 1483, Westminster Abbey saw the crowning of the last Plantagenet King, Richard III.

It was a remarkable coronation, and was celebrated with much pomp and ceremony. It also happened quickly, and up until a few months before, couldn’t have been foreseen by many.

Even Richard himself must have thought of how the twists of fate had led him to that moment.

This is a brief, high level background to the events that led to Richard becoming King, and is by no means a full account.

The purpose of this blog is to give the reader an idea of how the 4th son of a claimant to the throne of England became King.

The full story is a long one, dear reader, and is destined for another day!

Background

The  Society of Antiquaries portrait of King Richard III, thought to be a good likeness. The Society of Antiquaries portrait of King Richard III, thought to be a good likeness.

Richard Plantagenet…

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