Treachery at Bosworth: what really brought down Richard III

David Hipshon offers 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)

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.

Among the astonished observers of this glittering panoply of horses and steel galloping towards them were Sir William Stanley and his brother Thomas, whose forces had hitherto taken no part in the action. Both watched intently as Richard swept across their front and headed towards Henry Tudor, bent only on eliminating his rival.

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