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  •  like Vlad, the model for Dracula, Richard III has (7+ / 0-)

    suffered from a bad press; however the mere fact that someone with scoliosis could rise to the kingship in that very violent age when kings still risked body and throne in personal combat is amazing.

    We have to judge the man within the context of his time.  After all the Lancasters were no angels either and the Tudor claim was tenuous at best.

    This is one problem historians face when trying to separate the man from the myth; popular accounts wish to judge historical figures by contemporary standards.  Instead we have to understand historical personages as they acted within the context of their times    

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