Those of you planning Battle of Bosworth Field Memorial wakes today – hard to believe I know, but it’s 518 years since Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor at Bosworth Field, time flies etc – will be gratified by this In Memoriam notice from todays SMH:
PLANTAGENET, Richard. Died
at Bosworth, August 22, 1485. Loyaulte me lie.
Those of you who might naively imagine that vitriolic historical disputation is a transient phenomenon of Australian academe should think again. The Richard III Society remains firmly convinced that Richard III was foully traduced by revisionists like William Shakespeare (if indeed such a person actually wrote the plays attributed to him) and other Tudor dynasty hagiographers. They claim he was a fine man – almost Bradmanesque in fact – though he never played cricket as far as we know: of course, Henry Tudor was a low, traitorous knave, etc.
Let’s perhaps be grateful that Australian historians have turned their gaze southward…….