1. Richard was the only Northcountry man to ever rule over England.
2. He was the only English King — other than Harold — to be defeated and killed in battle.
3. Most of what historians know about Richard’s personality comes from the very short period of his usurpation from April to July 1483.
4. Richard III was closely related to the majority of his aristocracy — something few English Kings have ever experienced, and suggesting the seriousness of their hatred for him
5. Ironically, Richard III’s motto was “Loyalty binds me.”
6. There were two plays on Richard III created before Shakespeare’s iconic work. The first, Richardus Tertius, is the earliest known history play in England, and the second, The True Tragedy of Richard III, is believed to have influenced Shakespeare’s own play.
7. Richard’s elder brother George, Duke of Clarence, was sentenced to death by drowning in his favorite wine for acts of treason against Edward IV.
Learn more about the infamous king in Desmond Seward’s Richard III: Black Legend.