Richard III: A hostage to fortune

For all his reputation as the ruthless master of his own destiny, Richard's extraordinary life was, argues David Horspool, ultimately defined by the capricious whims of lady luck...

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This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine

Richard III has been damned as a monster and acclaimed a hero, decried as a murderous tyrant and feted as a perfect knight. But while the king’s critics and advocates have crossed swords repeatedly down the centuries, there is one aspect of his life that they have tended to agree upon: that he was in total command of his own fate.

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