Religious Life of Richard III: Piety and Prayer in the North of England

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No one has attempted to investigate closely Richard III's religion and to consider the way it related to the usurpation of the throne and his crimes. In this controversial new study, Hughes argues that although Richard was indeed guilty of, or implicated in, most, if not all of the crimes of which he has been accused, this ruthless, inscrutable man was also very religious, an austere practitioner of a chivalric code of ethics, a public benefactor and protector of the Church, a founder of charities, one who in his...
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No one has attempted to investigate closely Richard III's religion and to consider the way it related to the usurpation of the throne and his crimes. In this controversial new study, Hughes argues that although Richard was indeed guilty of, or implicated in, most, if not all of the crimes of which he has been accused, this ruthless, inscrutable man was also very religious, an austere practitioner of a chivalric code of ethics, a public benefactor and protector of the Church, a founder of charities, one who in his public pronouncements upheld a strict, puritanical code of sexual morality in marked contrast to many of his fellow courtiers. In his private life he can be considered a man of piety, a practitioner of the mixed life to rank with his mother, Cicely Neville and his sister, Margaret, Duchess of York and Burgundy. Richard III emerges from this book in part a conventional figure of his time but in part a very unusual, little understood man, every bit as compelling and even more complex than Shakespeare's mythical anti-hero.
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In this controversial new study, Hughes (history and English, Edward's School, Oxford) argues that although Richard was indeed guilty of, or implicated in, most, if not all of the crimes of which he has been accused, he was also a very religious man, an austere practitioner of a chivalric code of ethics, a public benefactor and protector of the Church, a founder of chantries, and one who in his public pronouncements upheld a strict, puritanical code of sexual morality. Distributed in the US by Books International. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780750911153
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.47 (w) x 9.54 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Picture Credits
1 The Religion and Personality of Richard III 1
2 The Chivalric Ethics of Richard III 28
3 Richard III and the Church 57
4 The Private Religious Life of Richard III 104
5 Conclusions: 'The Conscience of the King' 154
Notes 175
Bibliography 193
Index 203
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