Richard was neither Antichrist nor paragon. He was just your average Machiavellian man on the make. The Prince was written 28 years after Richard’s death at Bosworth Field but its recipe for success described Richard to a T. […] When his older brother Edward IV died suddenly aged 40 in April 1483 leaving a 12-year-old heir, Richard was presented with a humdinger of a Machiavellian moment. Should he let the kingdom slide back into chaos or should it get the smack of his firm rule? Simon Schama (x)

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