On October 2, 1452, Richard, later Duke of Gloucester and King Richard III of England, was born at Fotheringhay Castle. He was the youngest son of Richard, Duke of York and Cecily Neville, and a younger brother of Edward, Earl of March, later King Edward IV of England. 

Richard made a handwritten note about his own birthday in his Book of Hours. Weirdly, when Margaret Beaufort acquired the book after Richard’s death at the Battle of Bosworth, she did not tear out or otherwise destroy this annotation. 

In honor of Richard’s 564th birthday (and since I’m frankly too lazy to do anything else), feel free to hit Ye Olde Aske Boxe with Richard-related questions, musings, etc. 

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