Richard III: Hero or Villain?

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Today was the culmination of a fascinating story that has captured the imagination of scholars, historians, anglophiles and anyone who ever read Shakespeare's damning "Richard III" play.

Richard III was England's last Plantagenet King; he was killed in the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, then unceremoniously buried without a coffin in a church that was later demolished. His death ushered in the era of the Tudors.

Today, in Leicester Cathedral, the last Plantagenet King was ceremoniously laid to rest - for a second time - after his remains were found buried in a car park in Leicester in 2012. Thousands of citizens gathered to watch the ceremony on outdoor screens as religious figures, descendants and dignitaries gathered inside.

For centuries, thanks in large part to Shakespeare's dramatic characterization, Richard III was synonymous with villainy: a hunchbacked, power-hungry tyrant who murdered his two young nephews because they were rivals for the crown. His popularity has surged recently with the remarkable discovery of his body, although he remains a contentious figure.

If you'd like to learn more about the Plantagenets and Tudors, and the murky history surrounding Richard III, get in touch with our guide Michael. For three years, Michael has been offering Richard III-focused tours around Yorkshire that delve into the history of the War of the Roses, and show visitors the many sites of importance to the king's story.

If you take Michael's tour "King Richard III: hero or villain" make sure you come back and tell us which version of history you choose to believe.
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