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The large glass doors in St. Martins West leading into Leicester Cathedral, where Richard the 111 will be buried, hopefully a final resting place,in the very near future.

Richard III reigned for 777 days, one of the briefest occupiers of the English throne, yet his world-wide reputation is firmly established as the archetypal villain a regicide, fratricide and infanticide who schemed and murdered his way to kingship.

This reputation has lasted more than 500 years, despite only minimal evidence that this was how he was seen by his contemporaries. Any attempt to find the man behind the myth has to look back through the smoke screen of Tudor propaganda and popular culture.

But if we rely solely on factual evidence, a very different picture emerges. A picture of a man who was strongly pious, interested in books, printing and learning, who enacted laws aimed at improving the lot of ordinary people.

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Additional Photos by marion morgan (jester5) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 96 W: 66 N: 595] (1994)
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