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Richard the FUTILE warrior? I think not….!

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Well, I don’t know that all the facts are correct in this article. For instance, Richard’s effort (i.e. his going into battle at all against HT) was ‘futile’??? Sorry, but Richard went into that battle quite rightly certain he would triumph.

And he went into battle in a raging temper because he knew the Stanleys were doing the dirty on him? Hmm. He may have been justifiably suspicious of them, but he didn’t find out how faithless and slippery they really were until well after the battle had commenced. Only then did he realize victory wasn’t certain after all, and that’s when his fury erupted! He fought like a demon and got within a hair’s breadth of Henry Tudor, who never entered the fray, but lurked timidly behind his bodyguards. That was Tudor’s policy on a battlefield—never endanger one’s precious self by mixing it with all those nasty knights.

And, sadly, Tudor was the one who died in his bed. But Richard is the one who died in glory, admired by all, even his enemies, for the courage, ferocity and skill of his fighting. No one could ever look at Tudor and say, “Wow! Now there’s a great knight!” Everyone thought it of King Richard III.

But the article is interesting for all that.



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3 thoughts on “Richard the FUTILE warrior? I think not….!

  1. Dianne Penn on said:

    Only a few months before Richard had heaped many lands and manors on to Stanley for his ‘loyalty’ ……..


  2. MattW on said:

    If it was futile, Richard would have bunkered down and reinforced himself in London… all the better to wear down Tudor’s troops as they approached. But, lazy historians dont think of these things.

    Also, not to mention the many gifts of lands Richard had given Stanleys in the months before.

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  3. David on said:

    Yes this article is inaccurate in so many ways and Richard’s cause was far from futile. But the reason for the reward of the Stanleys between 1483 and Bosworth was that they had been instrumental in Richard’s survival of Buckingham’s rebellion.


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