Did fear drive Richard III to the throne?

Was Richard III's seizure of the English crown the result of a brilliantly executed plan or a desperate gamble to save his own skin? Chris Skidmore, who has just written a biography of the king, returns to the spring and summer of 1483 in search of an answer...

A portrait of Richard III. Was the last Yorkist king a usurper? Historian John Ashdown-Hill explains why this is a myth. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the November 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

Westminster, February 1483. Richard, Duke of Gloucester was a man who seemed to have the world at his feet. Now aged 30, he had managed to transform his position as a younger brother of the king with few prospects to become the most powerful nobleman in the realm.

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