Treachery at Bosworth: what really brought down Richard III

David Hipshon, whose book on the controversial Yorkist monarch is out now, has a new perspective on the reason for Richard's death at the battle of Bosworth in 1485

Portrait of Richard III, dated 15th century. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2009 issue of BBC History Magazine 

On 22 August 1485, in marshy fields near the village of Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire, Richard III led the last charge of knights in English history. A circlet of gold around his helmet, his banners flying, he threw his destiny into the hands of the god of battles.

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