4) Richard III: kindly king or treacherous uncle?
Detractors of this most infamous king claim that when Richard III was granted guardianship of his brother Edward IV’s sons in 1483, he repaid him by declaring the boys illegitimate, stealing the crown, and having his charges killed.
Interestingly, the case is not as two-dimensional as it seems. It’s likely that Richard acted according to his conscience by taking the throne from his nephew. There was strong evidence suggesting Edward IV’s marriage may have bigamous, making the future king illegitimate: something Richard’s religious principles couldn’t tolerate.
Having firmly removed his nephews from the throne, there is little reason for Richard to have ordered their deaths. A far more likely candidate was his successor, Henry VII, whose own claim was tenuous.
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