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Portrait of the Day: Richard III

Past event archive
26 November 2019, 12:30

Room 1


  • Talks and Lectures

King Richard III
by Unknown artist
late 16th century
NPG 148

Richard III was the last king of England of the royal house of York. 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. He was killed at the battle of Bosworth Field by the army of Henry Tudor, later Henry VII. When in 1483 Edward and his brother the Duke of York disappeared 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 now know that he had scoliosis.

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