A Handy History of England, for the Young

A Handy History of England, for the Young

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1874 edition. Excerpt: ... buried, most people thought that these were the remains of Edward V. and of his brother, the little Richard of York. As the life of King Richard III. seemed to consist of hardly anything but crimes, it is only fair to mention what little good we know concerning him. Therefore it should be remembered that, directly after he came to the throne, he passed some excellent laws for the encouragement of commerce and the prosperity of England. We must also remember that all the accounts we have of him were written under the Tudor kings, the enemies of his family, who had their own reasons for making Richard's memory appear as black and odious as possible. Edward V. and the Duke of York murdered in the Tower. The Duke of Buckingham had been very active in placing Richard on the throne, and the king rewarded him with wealth and honours. But Buckingham was discontented; perhaps because he thought Richard did not give him enough--perhaps because he suspected the new king might treat him as Lord Hastings and many other noblemen had been treated. Therefore he withdrew from Court, refused to come when summoned, and at length determined to pull Richard from the throne, and set up a king of the Lancastrian party. But who was this king to be? All the direct heirs of the Lancastrian line were dead, and it was difficult to find a member of that House whom the people could be induced to accept. Still, as there was no direct heir, Buckingham fixed upon a man who had very little right to the throne, trusting for success to fortune, and the known hatred the people bore to King Richard. Among the nobles who had escaped to Flanders during the wars of the Roses was young Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond, grandson of the Owen Tudor who had married Catherine, the widow of King...show more

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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236643933
  • 9781236643933