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July 27, 2011 @ 12:12 am

34. Richard III


By usurping his nephew, Edward V, in 1483 Richard III started his route to infamy and his place in English history as perhaps the most notorious and monstrous king of them all. However, to this day he has passionate supporters who claim he was a far better king than Shakespeare gave him credit. Did his death at the Battle of Bosworth end prematurely a great king? Or was England better off without the last of the Plantagenets?

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  • ilovealexanderhamilton

    I notice after Richard III there are no more kings named Richard. I guess if you have a bad king they retire the name. Isn’t Prince Harry’s real name Henry? If something crazy happens and he ends up king, then he would be Henry IX? A chance to redeem the name of Henry. Is there protocol for naming a prince or princess? Is there a list of names that are off limits or does anything go?

    Mar 27, 2012 at 1:45 am
  • rexfactor

    Good point, why do the names stop? But yes, technically Harry would be Henry IX, although technically the Windsors have sometimes chosen different names for themselves and Charles has suggested he might not be Charles III.

    Mar 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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