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WHY WAS RICHARD III OVERTHROWN Richard III reigned for two years two months and one day His reign was over run my rumour and even to this day people see Richard as a tyrant One of the rumours that plagued Richard throughout his reign was that he had murdered his two young nephews one of which was Edward V who succeeded to the throne immediately after the death of Edward IV Even in the days of Richards reign murdering children was seen as an appalling thing to do and whether Richard did kill his nephews or not it did not matter the general public did not trust Richard Richards position was made worse because the previous king Edward IV had left conflicting instructions as to who should rule the country after he had died Richard was killed in combat at the Battle of Bosworth It could be argued that Richard was responsible for his own demise and indeed his own death The obvious key factor in Richard being overthrown is the fact that he was killed in battle some historians say that it was Richards own bold and soldier-like personality that got him killed Richard lost the Battle of Bosworth because of a number of different factors One very important element was that Richard managed to alienate a great majority of nobles from the south of England Whilst Edward IV had been king Richard had been left to run the north of England in this time he was able to establish a power base for himself and acquired the himself the title Lord of the North This process began in 1471 where Richard obtained Neville Lordships in Yorkshire and Cumberland and when he married Anne Neville which gave him the loyalty of Warwicks men The relationship between the northern gentry and Richard was strengthened further when Edward IV entrusted Richard and his northern counterparts to the war against Scotland When Richard became
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