Richard, 3rd Duke of York is frequently used to recall the colours of the rainbow with the mnemonic 'Richard Of York Gave Battle In Vain', wrongly believed to be the Grand Old Duke of York who had 10,000 men, or mistaken for his youngest son, Richard III.The son of a traitor, he inherited a dukedom aged four, became the wealthiest man in England at thirteen and later rebelled against his king, and if he is remembered, it is as a man who ignited the Wars of the Roses. Further eclipsed by two of his sons, who would become the mighty warrior Edward IV and the recently rediscovered Richard III, he is an ancestor of the Tudor monarchs and fifteenth great-grandfather to Queen Elizabeth II, yet the man himself is obscured from view.Matthew Lewis pushes aside the veils of myth and legend to challenge the image of Richard as a man whose insatiable ambition dragged a nation into civil war, revealing a complex family man with unparalleled power and responsibilities. The first person ever recorded to use the Plantagenet name, he pushed the political establishment to its limits, dared to fight back and was forced to do the unimaginable., Richard, Duke of York is a man most frequently remembered by history as a pyromaniac who set England alight, his burning ambition and unquenchable desire for the throne igniting the Wars of the Roses. The son of a traitor who inherited a dukedom aged four and became the wealthiest man in England at thirteen, he rebelled against his king, bringing bloody civil war to England. Father to two kings and an ancestor of the Tudor dynasty, his legacy has long been written in blood.Matthew Lewis seeks to uncover the real man beneath the legend. This book will delve into the source material to peel back the layers of myth and uncover a complex man, who pushed the limits of the political establishment, who dared to fight back and who was forced to do the unimaginable. A complex man with unrivaled power and authority, this book will question the accepted image of Richard, who has been remembered as one whose ambition knew no bounds.Who was Richard, Duke of York? What drove the most powerful man in England to turn against his king? Was he a ruthless grasper or a selfless guardian?
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