Aren't You Ashamed?
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
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.
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
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.