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Throwing Children Under the Bus

I get angry when Ricardians try to throw a 12-year old and 10-year old under the bus because they love their “hero.”

It’s their moral crusade to make Richard III look like a saint and a hero, incapable of being a bad guy.  And if they have to trample the truth and kick around a boy and all the people who loved him and were associated with him, so be it.  Ricardians want justice for Richard III but not for Edward V, because he’s not a real person to them, just a cardboard figure to be discarded and treated as Richard III treated him. 

Sheer Sophism: The Tower was a Royal Residence, not a Prison.

Ricardians have been informing us through internet comments that the Tower of London was a royal residence, not a prison.  However, they are only half right.  The Tower of London is a royal residence and a prison.  If one isn’t certain about that, he can consider George of Clarence or Henry VI.  And it is especially true that the Tower was a royal residence and a prison to Edward V.  There is a significant difference between his plight and Henry VI’s: Edward was the incumbent king when he was lodged in his royal prison.  Ricardians are reminded that what happened to Edward V and Richard, Duke of York, set the stage for the Tower’s bloody reputation in Tudor years, if William Hastings’ beheading without due process on the Tower green didn’t clinch it.

North and South

Nothing is a bigger indictment against Richard III than the fact that many of Edward IV’s former servants and a good many members of the southern gentry, landowners, and officials were at the forefront of the movement to remove him.  The Northern lords ultimately did not support him; in general, he received less military support from the North in August 1485 than in July 1483, when Richard summoned men from the north to intimidate Edward V’s remaining supporters and assure Richard III a smooth coronation.  Did those soldiers from the north know when they mustered up that they would be used to aid Richard’s usurpation – not to assist Richard “against the Queen and her affinity”?  I wonder what they thought when they were present at Pontefract for the executions of the people who had been Edward V’s household officers when he was Prince of Wales.  

Do you like your kid?

Richard had to take the sons of some magnates hostage and threaten to kill them in order to force their fathers to fight for him at Bosworth.

Rub them out and call it “justice.”

Ricardians don’t care a fig about what Edward V suffered at Richard III’s hands.  His suffering means nothing to them because he isn’t a real person to them, but a cardboard figure inconveniencing Richard by his existence.  Both Edward V and Richard, Duke of York, inconvenience Richard immensely, even though he then and now tried to marginalize them and rub them into oblivion. 

It is likely that we might have not known that Edward IV had sons at all had Richard III defeated Henry Tudor at Bosworth and established a dynasty.  Richard would have rubbed Edward into oblivion, just as his clerks were starting to rub him out of the grants made during his brief reign.  The human being called “Edward bastard, late called King Edward the Fifth” by Richard and his clerks would have eventually been replaced by another Edward V of Richard’s dynasty.  This is what Ricardians ultimately hope for: that their revisionism erases Edward from the roll of English monarchs because his just being there is cause for Richard III’s inconvenience and embarrassment and because his being there elicits the question as to what happened to him.

Crooked

Ricardians celebrate the discovery of Richard III’s bones, which have proven to the world that they were lying all along when they tried to convince us that he was no crookback as his enemies said.  If I were a newly proselytized Ricardian, I’d want to know what else they lied about.

Into Darkness and Legend

Where are the bones of Richard’s nephews?  Do they lay in an urn in Westminster Abbey? 

It now becomes a tragic fact that the most unfortunate, innocent and youngest of all English monarchs (and his little brother) is the one whose remains are yet contested and which may not exist to be found at all.  This is another thing for which Richard is responsible, whether he gave the order to kill them, did it with his bare hands, let Buckingham do it, let it happen, or let their whereabouts and remains fall into oblivion.  Like Lady Macbeth, he cannot wash this blood from his hands, nor can he escape responsibility for it.

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