Richard III

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Date of Birth October 2, 1452
Place of Birth Oxford, England
Date of Death Aug 22, 1485 (32)
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Richard III of England

Richard III was King of England and Lord of Ireland from 1483 until his death in 1485. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England. He is the protagonist of Richard III, one of William Shakespeare's history plays. When his brother Edward IV died in April 1483, Richard was named Lord Protector of the realm for Edward's eldest son and successor, the 12-year-old Edward V. Arrangements were made for Edward's coronation on 22 June 1483. Before the king could be crowned, the marriage of his parents was declared bigamous and therefore invalid. Now officially illegitimate, their children were barred from inheriting the throne. On 25 June, an assembly of lords and commoners endorsed a declaration to this effect and proclaimed Richard as the rightful king. He was crowned on 6 July 1483.

Predecessor: Edward V
Successor: Henry VII
Born: 2 October 1452, Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire, England
Died: 22 August 1485 (aged 32), Bosworth Field, Leicestershire, England
Burial: Greyfriars, Leicester (originally), Leicester Cathedral (re-interred, 26 March 2015)
Issue: Edward of Middleham, John of Gloucester (illegitimate), Katherine (illegitimate)
House: York
Father: Richard, 3rd Duke of York
Mother: Cecily Neville
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About Richard III

King of England from 1483 to 1485 who had to deal with two rebellions during his reign. He died in battle during the second rebellion and he is the subject of the play Richard III by William Shakespeare. His remains were lost for nearly five centuries until they were found during a 2012 archaeological excavation.

Before Fame

He received knightly training at the Warwick Middleham estate.


He was crowned the King of England after his brother's children were deemed illegitimate.

Family Life

His parents were Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York and Cecily Neville, Duchess of York.


He was succeeded by Henry VII.

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