Before the Elizabethan age was over, and before Bacon magistrally fixed the traditional portrait of Henry VII with his History, the tradition was challenged and Richard III found a defender in Sir George Buck. Buck was Master of the Revels, but he also had antiquarian and scholarly interests. He was descended from a Yorkshire family that had lost its possessions for fighting on Richard’s side at Bosworth, so Buck had a motive for his work of piety. This describes it, for, though it is not a foolish work, in it Richard can do no wrong.
KeywordsAncient History Scholarly Interest English History Mere Matter Fine Achievement
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