In 1483 on this day Richard Plantagenet was crowned the King of England.
Reluctant Regent by Chris CollinsHis was a short and violent reign that he had neither sought nor desired. After the death of his brother King Edward IV, Richard was offered the post of Lord Protector. He selflessly declined the opportunity to govern as regent, instead he placed Edward V on the throne, ignoring the naked ambition of "kingmaker", Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham.
Tragically Edward and his brother Richard died by misadventure. Whlst at play with their beloved Uncle, they both fell to their death from the Tower. For the nation, a heartbroken Richard reluctantly acquired the throne.