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King Richard, III
Original name:  Plantagenet
Birth: Oct. 2, 1452
Fotheringhay
East Northamptonshire Borough
Northamptonshire, England
Death: Aug. 22, 1485
Market Bosworth
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough
Leicestershire, England

English Monarch. Born at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, the youngest son of Richard, Duke of York and his wife, Cecily Neville. The nation was in the throes of the so called War of the Roses. Richard's elder brother, Edward, eventually seized the throne and defeated the Lancastrians at Towton. His brother George, was created Duke of Clarence and Richard, was created Duke of Gloucester at the age of eight. He was appointed admiral of England in 1461. Richard, a capable soldier even in his teens, was given command of the vanguard at the Battles of Barnet and Tewkesbury. Both were Yorkist victories and the Lancastrian heir, Prince Edward, was killed in the latter. Richard married the late Earl of Warwick's daughter, Anne. They would have one son, Edward. Richard was created Warden of the West Marches of Scotland and kept the north peaceful for the king. When King Edward died suddenly in 1483, his son was only twelve. Richard would take the role of lord protector and escorted his nephew to London. Young Edward V arrived in London on May 4, his coronation was scheduled for June 22 but on the appointed day it was declared that King Edward IV's marriage to Elizabeth Woodville was illegal; the children of the marriage were therefore illegitimate, and barred from the throne. Within four days Richard was acclaimed king. King Richard III was crowned with his wife Anne on July 6 at Westminster Abbey. The exiled Henry Tudor, became the representative of the Lancastrian line and spent eighteen months planning his rebellion. On August 7, 1485, Tudor landed at Milford Haven in Wales. King Richard mobilized his forces and on August 22 the king met the pretender at Bosworth Field in Leicestershire. Despite Richard's superior skills, he was beaten when his supposed ally Sir William Stanley, turned traitor upon the field of battle in favor of his step-nephew, Henry Tudor. Richard was also abandoned on the field by Henry Percy, Earl of Northumberland, the double betrayal severely depleted his army's strength. Richard personally led the knights of his household against Henry's banner at the rear of his forces and was finally struck down by a dozen men yards from his rival. Richard's body was supposedly dragged naked through the streets before being buried at Greyfriars Church, Leicester. Richard was the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, which had ruled England since 1154; and he was the last English king to die on the battlefield. (bio by: Iola) 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Plantagenet (1411 - 1460)
  Cecily de Neville Plantagenet (1415 - 1495)
 
 Spouse:
  Anne Neville (1456 - 1485)
 
 Children:
  Katherine Plantagenet (1468 - 1487)*
  John of Gloucester (1470 - 1491)*
   Edward of Middleham (1473 - 1484)*
 
 Siblings:
  Anne Plantagent Saint Leger (1439 - 1475)*
  Henry Plantagenet (1441 - ____)*
  King Edward IV (1442 - 1483)*
  Edmund Plantagenet (1443 - 1460)*
  Elizabeth Plantagenet of York De la Pole (1444 - 1503)*
  Duchess Margaret Of York (1446 - 1503)*
  William Plantagenet (1447 - ____)*
  John Plantagenet (1448 - ____)*
  George Duke of Clarence (1449 - 1478)*
  Thomas Plantagenet (1451 - ____)*
   King Richard (1452 - 1485)
  Ursula Plantagenet (1455 - ____)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Leicester Cathedral
Leicester
Leicester Unitary Authority
Leicestershire, England
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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King Richard, III
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King Richard, III
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Rest in peace
- Gayle
 Added: Dec. 1, 2014
After many centuries, we see you now face to face... Rest well, you died as a warrior, fearless and with honor...
- Perelandra
 Added: Nov. 3, 2014
Honoring my 1st cousin 16 removed.
- Patricia Williams Curry
 Added: Oct. 27, 2014
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