History is written by the victors. Spin-doctors and propaganda-mongers are not new phenomenon.


From the civic records of the City of York, 22 August 1485:



 “This day our good King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, was piteously slain and murdered to the great heaviness of this city.”



That was written at a time when the last Plantagenet king of England had fallen in battle, and the victor, a Welshman whose claim to the throne was by conquest only and no legitimate right, was very much an unknown quantity.


It says a lot that those burghers of York risked their necks to officially record their feelings about the change of regime.

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