“….the phrase ‘king by fact, not by law’….rang out again, though in a different choice of words, when Henry VII described Richard III’s reign. Richard III was never rightfully king from the moment he died, as he was succeeded by Henry VII, a man who felt his reign was completely illegitimate. Although Richard III would have been Duke of York by being his father’s surviving son, Henry VII made it a point to back-date his reign prior to Bosworth, deem Richard III a traitor, and attaint him post-mortem, stripping him of whatever titles he had. Like Edward IV, Henry VII did this at his first Parliament in November 1485….”
Well, as I will always support Richard III as the true king and condemn Henry VII as an evil usurper who condemned England to a century or more of his vile House, I suppose my opinion is a foregone conclusion. Biased? Moi? Of course not.
To read the full paper from which the above quote is taken, please go to Academia.