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Bones of contention over Richard III

In the Feb. 5 editorial “Richard III’s twisted legacy,” there are two assumptions made that can be questioned.

First, you write, “Richard’s reputation as the most reviled monarch in England’s history owes much to William Shakespeare.” In fact, his much-maligned reputation owes more to the maxim that history belongs to the victors. Henry VII, the victor in deposing Richard, had a much weaker claim to the throne. He shrewdly addressed this by marrying Elizabeth of York.

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