My history hero: Robert Lindsay chooses Richard III

Stage and TV actor Robert Lindsay chooses Richard III as his history hero

"As for the accusation that he killed the princes in the Tower, I think he was framed," says Robert Lindsay of Richard III, shown in a 16th-century portrait. (Photo by Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the January 2019 edition of BBC History Magazine

Richard III was king of England from 1483 until his death at the battle of Bosworth. He was the final king of the House of York and the Plantagenet dynasty. Accused of murdering the princes in the Tower, his reputation was blackened – some say unfairly – by Shakespeare’s depiction of him as the murderous ‘hunchback king’. In 2012 his body was discovered under a Leicester car park; three years later he was reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

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