Richard IV of England (Blackadder)

Richard IV Of England (Blackadder)

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Richard IV of England (Blackadder)

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For the actual Prince Richard that Richard IV is based off of, see Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York.


King Richard IV of England / XII of Scotland / I of Flanders is a fictional character in the BBC comedy series Blackadder (series 1), played by Brian Blessed. The character is loosely based on Richard of Shrewsbury, 1st Duke of York (1473-1483?), son of Edward IV, brother to Edward V, one of the Princes in the Tower who disappeared in 1483.

Background

In the alternate chronology of series 1, the Plantagenet king Richard III (played by Peter Cook) is introduced as being a "kind and thoughtful man" who cherishes his nephews (the two princes) placed into his care, in contrast to the common historical portrait of Richard III as a usurper who murdered the princes. Richard, Duke of York is indicated as his Uncle's favourite, reflected by his being seated at the side of the king at the banquet on the eve of the battle of Bosworth Field (some time after he grew into "a big strong boy"- and is subsequently depicted as an adult). As such, Richard supports the House of York during the Wars of the Roses.

Marriage and issue

Richard is married to Gertrude, the Queen Regnant of Flanders; it was typical for royalty from different countries to marry during the Middle Ages. It is likely that Richard enjoys the title and power of King of Flanders, as was customary in the 15th century when a queen regnant married. Their...
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