Debunking the Myths – Richard III’s Execution of a Political Lampoonist
Richard III’s Execution of Collingbourne. A new take.
It’s funny how myths and legends become a part of history. This column – Debunking the Myths – is devoted to exploring the many false rumors, tales, and impressions that have embedded themselves into our modern perception of Richard III and his times. Join us, as we hunt down the Loch Ness monsters, Sasquatches, and Blemyae that have roamed the Ricardian historical landscape for centuries. No need to bring a weapon. Just bring an open mind!
Today’s blog is about the infamous lampoon posted on the doors of London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral in July 1484, during the second year of Richard III’s reign. Even the casual reader of Ricardian history can recite it from memory:
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