Who's who? Richard III Key Character's

Just an overview of key characters during Richard III 

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  • Who's who?  Richard III's Reign
    • Edward V
      • He became king on the 9th of April 1483 but never had a coronation as he was usurped by his uncle, the duke of Gloucester later known as Richard III
      • He was the son of Edward the IV and was usurped by his uncle duke of Gloucester later know as Richard III
      • Edward was kept in the tower under the presumption of being protected until his coronation
      • Richard got Parliament to decree Edward IV's children illegitimate on the 25th June 1483
    • The Duke Of Buckingham, Henry Stafford
      • He was Richard's most powerful ally and he even had a remote claim to the throne himself.
      • His power base was his lands in south-east Wales and the South-West Midlands
      • During the summer of 1483 he achieved a spectacular position in Richard III's government
      • The Duke of Buckingham helped Richard usurp the throne as he petitioned government detailing the evils of the Woodville family and begged that Richard should take the crown.
      • Yet the Duke later rebelled against Richard for a range of factors. This rebellion was called the Buckingham Rebellion in October 1483 and it was the first of the opposition to Richard's position as king.
    • Lord William Hastings
      • He was  a loyal servant to Edward IV and managed the East Midlands by developing an extensive network of retainers among the JPs and Sheriffs
      • He was loyal  to Edward V but despised the King's mother Elizabeth Woodville.
      • He played a key role in events during the usurpation. Due to his devotion to Edward IV  and his interests such as his children, he came to believe that the 'protector' (Richard) harboured sinister ambitions towards Edward V
      • Due to Hasting's influence and power base, Richard set up a counsel meeting and invited suspected conspirators and accused them of plotting with the woodvilles and treason. Hasting's was the only one to be executed and the others taken to the tower and later released. The indictment for treason was read afterwards over the dead man's body. Therefore the KILLING was UNLAWFUL.
    • Elizabeth Woodville
      • She married Edward IV secretly in 1964, the king did this without even consulting his closest advisers.
      • The marriage created problems throughout Edward IV's two reigns. The marriage publicly curtailed the diplomatic negotiations for a prestigious royal marriage to Bona of Savoy a French Princess. Also the woodvile's were seen as social climbers and were resented by members of the nobility, especially GLOUCESTER, Hasting's and Buckingham.
      • The Marriage also allowed Richard (somewhat illegally) to declare Edward Iv''s children illegitimate as Edward was supposedly contracted to another before the marriage took place
      • Ended up being a key person in organizing Richard's Downfall as she helped Henry Tudor by allowing the marriage of her daughter Elizabeth of York to him. Therefore confirming that her son's must be dead
      • The family appeared to  have been unpleasant, arrogant, scheming, grasping and vengeful
    • Earl Rivers
      • He was the protector for Edward V and was one of Elizabeth Woodville's brothers.
      • He'd been  granted the rights to move the prince to London for his coronation.
      • Sir Thomas Vaughan was one of Earl Rivers most trusted attendants and he was arrested by Gloucester in the attempt to kidnap Edward V the day they were travelling to London for the King's coronation.
      • He was executed at Pontefract castle on 25th June among with his most trusted attendants.
    • Richard, Duke of York
      • He was the second son of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville
      • Richard was the presumptive heir to his brother Edward V
      • He Joined his brother later on in the tower of London but the two princes soon disappeared after Richard III was crowned


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