Lunar

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I remember doing this essay, and I thought it was good, but I don't think my mark reflected my faith in it lol.

  The main reason that Richard lost the battle of Bosworth was his unpopularity. The nobility didn’t like him because of him bringing down the nobility that he knew from the north which annoyed the southern nobility. Not only this, he was still yet to disprove the rumours about the princes’ disappearance. This unpopularity led, inevitably, to lack of support from a lot of different sides. It was then his reckless attack on Tudor that decided the fate of the battle.
  Richard’s unpopularity goes back to the Buckingham rebellion. It is said that Buckingham was promised rewards for getting Richard into power and when he didn’t get these he caused a rebellion throughout the country which clocked up more dislike for Richard. Though it could also be seen to go back further than this as just months before the rebellion the prince’s went missing. The fact that Richard never argued against any of the rumours regarding this made him look guilty and therefore unpopular with a lot of the people living in England at the time as a lot of them wanted to see Edward IV’s heir on the throne. These things initially made Richard unpopular, but also his rash decisions to eliminate most of his closest allies didn’t help with the popularity side of his reign either.
  The nobility were not supportive of Richard during the time of the battle and the lack of support put him at a disadvantage to Tudor as he not only had the support of some of the nobles he also had the support of the King of France and all his supporters which meant he had something Richard didn’t. His lack of support I believe came from the unpopularity he had. This meant that even as he went into battle with a fair amount more men than Tudor, Richard was lacking in support from important people such as the nobility which meant that even if he did win, his reign after the battle would have been limited as many people opposed him during the battle, some of these were important to a successful kingship. Richard also lost support from Wales and Rhys Ap Thomas as when Tudor rode through Wales he managed to pick up more support from people living there which meant Richard lost many supporters. He also lost Rhys Ap Thomas, who was one of his most trusted men which would have proved and asset to Tudor. Also, at the start of the battle Richard had both the Stanley brothers on his side though they changed their allegiance to Henry before the end, which hindered Richard’s win more so.
  Richard’s reckless attack on Tudor was what lost him the battle though. He managed to get past Henry’s standard bearer but he was killed before he attacked Tudor himself. This was a haphazard way of attacking him and if he had taken time to think about his actual battle strategy, he would have done a lot better. Richard outnumbered Henry in men by a long shot and the battle was pretty much determined by this as Henry stood little chance of winning, but thanks to Richard’s rushing into trying to kill him, he managed to be defeated.
  Overall, Richard’s battle plan was useless and meant he lost the battle in the end. Though it was mainly his lack of support thanks to his unpopularity that was the problem. I think that if Richard had of strategically attacked Tudor with help from the thousands of men he had more of than Henry then he would have won the battle.

 

Ihana

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I gotta say i' still happy about quiting history

 

Lunar

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lol It's cos you're a noob :P

 

Hiya! Thanks this was very helpful for my History revision. I am revising Henry III and the battle of Bosworth.

 



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