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Written by JulieW
(8/22/2004 1:10 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Richard the 3rd, penned by Carolyn
Here’s an extract from Letter XXV:
…The duke of Gloucester( Richard III), a monster both for the cruelty of his heart and the deformity of his body, fomented their discontents. Having gained over Lord Hastings, the duke of Buckingham, and some other lords, to his interests, he made them a long speech, tending to show the danger that hung over their heads, if the queen should have the government in her hands: he enlarged upon the usurpations of her family, and the lengths they would be apt to run upon being invested with the supreme power. In short he spared neither dissimulation nor artifice, nor oaths to get the guardianship and the custody of the king’s person….
One crime ever draws on others; for usurpation naturally requires security: as soon therefore as he was fixed upon the throne, Richard sent the Governor of the Tower orders to put the two young princes to death. There was yet one man left in the kingdom , who had enough virtue to refuse being made the instrument of a tyrants cruelty :the governor of the Tower, whose name was Brackenbury, submissively answered , that he could not imbue his hands in their blood. A fit instrument was not long wanting: one James Tyrrel was employed, and sent to command the Tower for one night. Tyrrel, that very night, while all were asleep, went to the chamber where the two young princes lay: here the murder for some time hesitated in his base design, struck as it is said, with the innocence of their looks; but habit getting the better of remorse, he at last smothered them between two pillows, and caused them to be buried under a little staircase, near where they lay. Vengeance , though late followed this execrable wretch; he was executed for this fact in the succeeding reign, confessing his crime, and the manner of his execution.
For an 18th century vindication of Richard II ( and a book with which JA seems to have been familiar : but it also has been declared that he did not kill his two nephews, which I am inclined to believe(sic) true),
try looking at Horace Walpole’s Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third.
Here is a link to an on-line text:
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