The Wars of the Roses: 8
Richard was a highly successful military commander and could be expected to force a favourable settlement out of the Scots. An important part of Richard’s appeal was not just his dynastic claim to the throne, but his undertaking to rule benevolently, working with Parliament in the interests of the common people. This letter would seem to indicate that at least one prominent figure, and no doubt many others, was prepared to believe it.
Not everyone viewed Richard’s accession positively. Read this extract carefully and use it to answer the questions that follow.
H) Using the evidence of this source, suggest answers for the following:
- What sort of source has this extract come from? A letter? A history? A report?
- Was this written during Richard’s reign or after it?
- What might have been the writer’s purpose in writing this?
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