Richard III’s Usurpation
It was natural, and in accordance with constitutional usage, that Richard of Gloucester should become Protector. There was the precedent of 1422 available, when Humphrey Duke of Gloucester became Protector for his infant nephew, Henry VI, though he did not have the tutelage, or personal guardianship, of the boy. It appears that by his later will Edward IV may have changed his mind about the guardianship of his sons, from the Queen surrounded by her Woodville relations, to his last surviving brother, of the royal blood. And Richard had always been loyal and reliable. It would be expected by the country that he should assume the position that was his by right during the minority of his brother’s son. Moreover, as the contemporary observer Mancini, who was in England at the time, tells us, Richard enjoyed general esteem for the decency of his private life and his good government, as well as respect and even renown for his military record—the difficult tasks had been entrusted to him and he had performed them well.
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