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Happy Birthday to Richard III

02 Oct

On this day in 1452, Richard Plantagenet of the House of York was born in Northamptonshire to the Duke of York and his wife Cecily.  He would become the Duke of Gloucester during the reign of his elder brother Edward IV and eventually claim the throne as his own in 1483, after a controversial declaration that his nephews were illegitimate and not fit to rule (see the Princes in the Tower)   Richard’s death and defeat at Bosworth in 1485 signified the end of the Plantagenet Dynasty and the final battle of the Wars of the Roses.  For more, please feel free to check out my article on Richard’s life here.

Happy Birthday, Richard!

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