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    Duke of Clarence, put to death.  He protested it.  He was absolutely devoted to his brother, the "handsome, blond, six-footer, Edward IV."  He had a wife (Anne Neville) whom he dearly loved, and they had a son.  These children the Tudor apologists so blithely claim he murdered were his nephews, for God's sake, the children of his adored brother.

    As Josephine Tey so eloquently puts it in The Daughter of Time:

    He (Carradine) was silent for a little, and then he said, "Do you know what the town of York wrote--wrote in their records, you know--about the battle of Bosworth?"

    "No."

    "They wrote:  This day was our good King Richard piteously slain and murdered:  to the great heaviness of this city."

    The chatter of the sparrows was loud in the quiet.

    "Hardly the obituary of a hated usurper," Grant said at last, very dry.

    "No," said Carradine.  "No. 'To the great heaviness of this city,'" he repeated slowly, rolling the phrase over in his mind.  "They cared so much about it that even with a new regime in the offing and the future not to be guessed at they put down in black and white in the town record their opinion that it was murder and their sorrow at it."

    "Perhaps they had just heard about the indignities perpetrated on the King's dead body and were feeling a little sick."

    "Yes.  Yes.  You don't like to think of a man you've known and admired flung stripped and dangling across a pony like a dead animal."

    ....

    Grant turned to look at the portrait [of Richard III] which had kept him company through so many days and nights.

    "You know," he said, "for all his success and his Cardinal's hat I think Morton was the loser in that fight with Richard III.  In spite of his defeat and his long traducing, Richard came off the better of these two.  He was loved in his day."

    "That's no bad epitaph," the boy said soberly.

    "No.  Not at all a bad epitaph," Grant said, shutting Oliphant for the last time.  "Not many men would ask for a better."  He handed over the book to its owner.  "Few men have earned so much," he said.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:57:50 AM PST

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