King Richard III(1452-1485), Reigned 1483-85
Sitter associated with 27 portraits
Richard III was the last Yorkist king of England. He was a staunch supporter of his elder brother Edward IV against the Lancastrians. However, after Edward's death he steadily assumed power during the minority of Edward V, and was crowned king in his place. His coronation followed the disappearance of the young Edward and his brother, Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, from the Tower of London. It was rumoured that Richard had slain the boys. He was famously depicted by Shakespeare as 'Crookback' and since the discovery of his body we know that he had scoliosis. He ruled from 1483 until his death two years later, killed by the Lancastrian army of Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) at the Battle of Bosworth Field.
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by Henry Hering
albumen carte-de-visite photomontage, 1862
after Unknown artist
woodcut, published 1684
- Anne Neville, Queen of England (wife)
- Margaret, Duchess of Burgundy (sister)
- King Edward IV (brother)
- King Edward V (nephew)
- Edward (of Middleham), Prince of Wales (son)
- Elizabeth of York (niece)
- George, Duke of Clarence (brother)
- Richard, Duke of York and Duke of Norfolk (nephew)
- Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (niece)
- Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (father)
- Cecily (née Neville), Duchess of York (mother)
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