A rare letter signed by Richard III was sold this week at a U.S. auction to a private collector for £34,516 – much less than its valued price of £80,000. Signed ‘R. Gloucestre’, the letter was found 12 miles from Bosworth last August. The Earl of Westmorland’s land troubles, featured in the letter, may have failed to capture the punters’ imaginations. But plenty of other historical finds have brought exciting tales to the auction table.
With the recent recovery of Richard III’s remains from a Leicester car park and the subsequent public interest in his demise, it appears that television producers and schedulers have an important decision to make about the past. What period is more worthy of their investment, the history of the same old bloody Henrys, or those of the rulers that preceded them, the Plantagenets and early Lancastrians?
Labour MP Mike McCann’s Richard III joke was not original.
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