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Richard Iii And The Stability Of England

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Richard III and the Stability of England

Richard became King of England on July the sixth 1483 after the heir
to the throne was proclaimed illegitimate. Whether this claim was true
or not is questionable. During Richards reign, the stability of
England has been debated. Was he the ruler England needed to end the
'Wars of the Roses' and bring stability back to the English people? Or
did he cause England to be restless and unsettled? Is it a good thing
that Henry Tudor defeated him in the Battle of Bosworth? This essay
will look at the different points, which, under the reign of Richard
III made the country stable or unstable.

England under Richard III was stable in that he had lots of
experience. He had been made ruler of the North of England in 1471 and
had been allowed to Marry Anne due to his loyalty to his brother
Edward IV whilst he was King. He was a loyal supporter even when
Edwards other brother Duke Of Clarence became a traitor and sided with
Edwards enemies. The fact that he had already had experience in ruling
land meant that he knew what he was doing. This helped to maintain
stability. He was successful in putting an end to the Wars of the
Roses because of his ability to appeal to lots of people. He was a
powerful manipulator and he was able to put their minds at ease by
telling them how stable and strong the country was.

Richard also made England stable because of the simple fact that he
was not a minor and Edward V was. If Edward had been crowned England
would have been under turmoil because the choice of people who would
want to help Edward run the country would have caused upset and unrest
amongst them. Richard did not need anybody to help him run the country
apart from some advisors. The final decisions were up to him.

Richard had strong foreign policies, which helped to make England
stable. He made good alliances with France by building on previous
victories and signing a three-year truce. This made England stable
because there was less worry of having to watch the Scots and make
sure they do not start a fight. This made the people of England feel
safer because they did not agree with fighting because of all the
people who died.

Another factor making England stable and strong under Richards reign
was his support. Although it has been said that he was only popular in
the North and that the South disliked him this can be proved somewhat
untrue because it was the people of London who voted for him to be
king. This proved that he had won the support of most of Britain, this
was probably because people knew that he had been a loyal supporter of
his brother during his reign and most people had liked Edward IV.

Buckingham's rebellion was dealt with effectively and discreetly to
prevent publicity. If the rebellion had been made a bid deal of people

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