Biographies & Memoirs

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

Since Tudor times Richard III has been painted as the "black legend," the murderous uncle—however, the truth is much more complicated and interesting

Richard III is accused of murdering his nephews, the "Princes in the Tower," in order to usurp the throne of England, but this book tells a different story. Rather than looking at all the killings Richard III did not commit, this account focuses on the one judicial murder for which we know that he was responsible. On June 13, 1483, William, Lord Hastings was hustled from a meeting of the Royal Council and summarily executed on Tower Green within the confines of the Tower of London. This book sheds light on the mystery of this precipitate and unadvised action by the then Duke of Gloucester and reveals the key role of William Catesby in Richard's ascent to the throne of England. It explains his curious actions during that tumultuous summer of three kings and provides an explanation for the fate of the "Princes in the Tower." Presenting complex theories in an entertaining style, this book features more than 50 pages of appendices, including transcripts of real documents and letters, as well as notes.

Setting the Scene

Chapter 1. The path to the Throne

Chapter 2. Eleanor Talbot, Lady Butler

Chapter 3. William Catesby, Esquire of the Body

Chapter 4. William, Lord Hastings

Chapter 5. Jane Shore, Mistress of the king

Chapter 6. Robert Stillington, Bishop of Bath & Wells

Chapter 7. Return to the Tower

Chapter 8. Summary and Narrative

Reference Materials


1. The Cely, York and Stallworth Letters

2. On the Date of the Death of William, Lord Hastings

3. The Manor of Great Dorsett

4. The Letter of Sir William Catesby of 15 September 1452

5. The Letter from Richard III to William Catesby

6. The Offices and Lands of William Catesby


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