Read online or download a free book: Little Arthur's History Of England
Publisher: John Murray Publishers Ltd: Revised edition edition (18 Sept. 1975)
By: Lady Callcott (Author)
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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1884. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... I can say very little good of him, except that he was brave and handsome, and good-humoured in company: but then he was cruel and revengeful, and, when the wars were over, he loved his own pleasure and amusement too well to do anything good or useful for the people, and he did them much wrong. CHAPTER XXXIV. EDWARD V. -- Only ten weeks of 1483. How Richard, Duke of Gloucester, was guardian to the young King Edward the Fifth : how he put Lord Hastings to death, and made himself King : and how the little King Edward and his brother were murdered in the Tower. WHEN Edward the Fourth died, his son Edward, Prince of Wales, was only thirteen years old: and his younger son, Richard, Duke of York, only ten. The Prince of Wales was with some of his relations at Ludlow, and the little duke with his mother in London. Their guardian was their uncle, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, whose wicked and cruel deeds you read about in the last chapter. Now the Duke of Gloucester, whom the people called Crook-back, because he was deformed, wished to be king himself: but there were several noblemen who determined to try to prevent his depriving his little nephew of the kingdom : and when the boy was brought to London, and lodged in the palace in the Tower, to keep him safe, as his uncle said, they tried to watch over him, and prevent auy wrong from being done to him. But Richard of Gloucester was too cunning and too cruel for them. He contrived, in the first place, to get the little Duke of York out of his mother':s hands, and to lodge him in the Tower, as well as his brother. He next pretended that he wanted to talk with the little king':s friends about the proper day for setting the crown on his head, and letting the people see him as their king. So the lords who wished well to the youn...--This text refers to an alternate Pdf edition.
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