Master of Arts (MA)



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This study analyzes the early life and career of King Richard III of England. Richard III is arguably the most controversial monarch in English history and the recent discovery of Richard III’s burial and remains place has revitalized the debate, both in academia and in popular culture, over his reputation and character. Was he a villain or a maligned king? This study argues that an examination of Richard’s character and total contributions to English history must concentrate on his career as Lord of the North during the reign of King Edward, not on his short reign as king of England. The result of such an examination presents Richard as the model of a good medieval lord, a capable general and a loyal brother to the king. This study will also address the debate over the location of his reburial and argue that, based on Richard’s affiliations with the north and close relationship with the city of York, Richard should be reinterred in Yorkminster Cathedral in York.



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Committee Chair

Stater, Victor

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