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People/Characters: Polydore Vergil

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The Battle of Bosworth by Michael Bennett
Cof cenedl XX by Geraint H. Jenkins
Edward IV: A Source Book by Keith Dockray
The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Philippa Langley
The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA by John Ashdown-Hill
The Making of the Tudor Dynasty by Ralph A. Griffiths
The Perkin Warbeck Conspiracy 1491-1499 by Ian Arthurson
Richard III by Charles Derek Ross
Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by A.J. Pollard
Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn

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Polydore Vergil (c. 1470-c. 1555): Historian. Born in Urbino, Italy, he came to Italy in 1501 and was granted favor by Henry VII. He composed a history of England, Historia Anglicae libri xxvi, published 1534. He seems to have returned to Italy at the end of his life. There is much dispute about his merit as an historian. That he undertook significant research is undeniable; much of what he turned up has no other parallels. He is the only real source, e.g., for the Battle of Bosworth. But he didn't understand what he was told, and his report of that battle cannot be reconciled with the actual battlefield. Also, he was much too disposed to accept official Tudor propaganda. On the other hand, he was critical enough to question the existence of King Arthur and other British legends. Perhaps the fairest summary is that he tried hard but worked in an environment which made it almost impossible to learn true history.

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