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Richard, son of Richard: Richard III and political prophecy

Coote, Lesley; Thornton, Tim


Lesley Coote

Tim Thornton


This article provides a new context for the politics surrounding the death of Edward IV, the accession of Edward V and his replacement in turn by Richard III. By examining prophecy texts, both those recorded at the time and those preserved in local tradition, the article shows how Richard's role as protector and then as king was validated in prophecy. The article sheds new light on Richard of Gloucesters possible motivations and self-interpretation, and further suggests the ways in which the prophecy tradition helped give Richards regime its particular form.


Coote, L., & Thornton, T. (2000). Richard, son of Richard: Richard III and political prophecy. Historical research : the bulletin of the Institute of Historical Research, 73(182), 321-330.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2000
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2002
Publication Date 2000-10
Print ISSN 0950-3471
Electronic ISSN 1468-2281
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 182
Pages 321-330
Keywords Cultural Studies; Sociology and Political Science; History
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