Primary Sources

On 22 August 1485, Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth.   He lost his throne, his life and with the accession of Henry VII, he began to lose his reputation.  Through the writing of the Tudor historians and Shakespeare's play, Richard's reputation was blackened and his good deeds distorted.

In order to understand the times, we no longer can accept history as it has been written but must seek a re-assessment of the writings.  Careful research into the details, whether large or small must be questioned.  The authors themselves must come under scrutiny.  Who were the chroniclers?  What was their background?  What was their agenda? 

Listed below is a brief biographical sketch on the historians of the primary sources.

 

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