Before there was a King called Richard III, there was a boy, Richard of the House of York, youngest living child of his large, royal-blooded family.
A small, thin, nervous boy who witnesses the terror of the sack of Ludlow and is taken prisoner in its aftermath, along with his mother Cecily and two of his siblings.
A child of eight sent for safety to a strange foreign land when his father is killed in battle and one of his brothers murdered, their heads spiked above the gates of York by the Lancastrian victors.
A young boy raised to knighthood and a Dukedom by his eldest brother, the warrior-king Edward IV, then sent to Middleham Castle to receive knightly training in the household of his kinsman, Richard Neville—the infamous Warwick the Kingmaker. A place and a man that will shape the future course of Richard’s life . . .
First part in a two part series on Richard III’s childhood and youth.