Those who campaigned for the statue would probably have agreed with your choice - they even kept Richard's face hidden behind a knee!

Shakespeare cast Richard III as the villainous king in a play about a divided England - and famously made him into a hunchback.

His lasting reputation for evil is rather unfair, but it still defines him today. Meanwhile, both Henry V and Elizabeth I were considered virtuous monarchs.

Richard's presence was a reminder about what people could expect from a bad ruler. It was also a warning to the government, pointing out how people might feel about its actions.

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Why change his image?
To celebrate him?
To promote him?
To play at politics?

To reinvent him?

the early likenesses
his first published portrait One from the family gallery
his funeral bust
A stately statue

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