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A New Theory about Richard III’s Boar Badge

RICARDIAN LOONS

Richard III fascinates people because his story has so many profound mysteries.  Take, for instance, the case of the disappeared Princes in the Tower.  Or the execution of William, Lord Hastings.  These two events have filled up hundreds of pages of speculation in books, have spawned endless social media threads, and remain the subject of heated debates in historical societies.  They’re like the two giant elephants in the room whenever the topic of Richard III crops up.

Nevertheless, there are certain facts that are known about Richard.  One of those is that he adopted the White Boar as his personal badge while he was Duke of Gloucester, a title given to him at age 9.  We don’t know exactly when he adopted it, but it would be reasonable to assume that he would have had to pick a badge (or several) as soon as he was retaining men into his…

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2 thoughts on “A New Theory about Richard III’s Boar Badge

  1. The BOAR’s SNOUT is an old type of military tactic that has the intent of breaking through a mediaeval shield wall. Very brave warriors are at the “spear point” that
    rushes up to the defensive wall of shields that were the norm before plate armour. If Richard as a boy had heard of the ancient battles, he might have heard of this term…

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  2. white lily on said:

    That’s an interesting theory, thanks for sharing!

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