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Amy Licence is a late medieval and early Tudor historian focusing on women's lives. She is the author of the forthcoming biography Anne Neville, Richard III’s Tragic Queen and her blog can be found here.
New DNA research into Richard III’s remains has cast the legitimacy of the royal line into question, all the way down to the present queen.
Being a second-born royal can be a difficult path to walk – often, it seems to be the sibling’s job to make the mistakes the heir cannot risk.
Dressing up as the medieval social justice warrior was among the young king’s favourite pastimes, and gave him a taste for a kind of role-reversal that was mirrored in his own court.
Henry VIII didn’t have to execute his second wife to be rid of her – retirement abroad or into a convent was customary for rejected queens. So why did he choose to send for the swordsman?