The Living Age Volume 212

The Living Age Volume 212

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...the benefit of the people, and they knew it. Their enemies and his were the same, and they knew that too. Yet it is true Richard was hated. Fabyan records that there were mutterings against him on the very day of his coronation, but the men who muttered thus under their breathaccording to the old chronicier, were the nobles, not the Ie0ile. Now we come to the real unpopularity of Richard. He was hated by the classew, not by the masses. The nobles who had opposed him hated him because he had beaten them; those who had supported him, because they found a master when they intended to have a puppet. All classes of the nobility soon grew to hate him with a common and bitter hatred, because they recognized in him the enemy of their order and saw that every move he made tended to destroy their power. He was fighting the battle of crown and people against the feudal system of petty tyrants, and the nobles, who saw political and military ruin advancing upon them, rose against the king who led the march. They raised a rebellion under Buckingham and failed. They took breath, set up a claimant to the throne, supplied him with forces, and then, by treachery, wrecked the royal army at Bosworth, and slew their foe. It was their last eifort; they were exhausted and, although they had changed kings, they had not changed royalty or checked the movement of the time. The feudal system fell at Bosworth with the king who had given it its death-blow and marked out the road for his successor to follow. It is here we come on the real impor tance of Richard III., when we find him a part of the great movement of the time, and leading the real forces which make history. If Richard's character as a man were all, it would not be more than a matter of curiosity...show more

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  • Paperback | 610 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 31mm | 1,075g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236864840
  • 9781236864840