Previous king: Edward V (nephew)
Next king: Henry VII
Richard III became king after he put his nephews, Edward V and his brother, in the Tower of London. They were never seen again.
Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) rebelled against Richard and they met at the Battle of Bosworth Field (see right) in 1485. Richard was killed. It is said that his crown fell off and rolled under a thorn bush. Someone found it, and it was given to Henry.
Richard is described by Shakespeare in his play "Richard III" as a complete villain, but Shakespeare was writing in the time of Elizabeth I, who was the grand-daughter of Henry VII, so perhaps it was political propaganda.
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