: Um, that's actually wrong. Although it's a common
: misconception, since the most common view we have of
: Richard III is Shakespeare's play of the same name.
: Because Shakespeare was writing in the reign of
: Elizabeth I, who was a descendent of Henry Tudor, who
: defeated Richard. Hence, saying that Richard III was a
: great guy would have been a good way for Shakespeare
: to get a one-way trip to the Tower of London. Although
: Richard probably did murder his nephews to become
: king, he was no crueller a ruler than most other kings
: of the time. As for the supposed physical deformity,
: it's actually physically impossible to ride a horse if
: you're a hunchback, and on the paintings of Richard,
: you can even see where Henry's artists painted on
: extra physical deformities. However, Richard was very
: strong, and hence the battleaxe would have been an
: exrememly effective weapon in his hands.
Aye, I never implied it was true, just called it a story. :-) Interesting though anyway.