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Richard, son of Richard: Richard III and political prophecy

Coote, Lesley; Thornton, Tim

Authors

Lesley Coote L.A.Coote@hull.ac.uk

Tim Thornton



Abstract

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.

Citation

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. doi:10.1111/1468-2281.00111

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 31, 2000
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2002
Publication Date 2000-10
Journal HISTORICAL RESEARCH
Print ISSN 0950-3471
Electronic ISSN 1468-2281
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 73
Issue 182
Pages 321-330
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2281.00111
Keywords Cultural Studies; Sociology and Political Science; History
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/387155