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People/Characters: William, Lord Hastings

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The Battle of Bosworth by Michael Bennett
Edward IV by Charles Ross
Edward V: The Prince in the Tower by Michael Hicks
Elizabeth Wydeville: The Slandered Queen (England's Forgotten Queens) by Arlene Okerlund
Henry VI, Part 3 by William Shakespeare
Lancaster Against York: The Wars of the Roses and the Foundation of Modern Britain by Trevor Royle
The Life and Times of Richard III by Anthony Cheetham
The Princes in the Tower by Elizabeth Jenkins
The Reign of Edward IV by Eric N. Simons
The Religious Life of Richard III : Piety and Prayer in the North of England by Jonathan Hughes
Richard III by Charles Ross
Richard III and the Murder in the Tower by Peter A. Hancock
Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by A.J. Pollard
Richard III: A Royal Enigma by Sean Cunningham
Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall
Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith
The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penmannot in English Common Knowledge
The Tragedy of Richard the Third by William Shakespeare
The Wars of the Roses by J. R. Lander
The Wars of the Roses: A Concise History by Charles Derek Ross
The Wars of the Roses: Through the Lives of Five Men and Women of the Fifteenth Century by Desmond Seward
We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Hawley Jarman
The White Rose by Jan Westcott
William Caxton: A biography by George D. Painter
Wonders Will Never Cease by Robert Irwin
The Year of Three Kings by Giles St. Aubyn

Character description

William, Lord Hastings (died 1483) was a close friend and chamberlain of King Edward IV. He controlled access to that king, leading to charges that he aided the lusty Edward in his debauches. Hastings was commander of a wing of the Yorkist army at the battles of Bosworth and Tewkesbury, with much less success than the other commanders, King Edward and Richard Duke of Gloucester. After Edward IV died in 1483, it was Hastings who hurriedly summoned Gloucester to take charge of the government as Lord Protector. But Richard eventually found Hastings an impediment and had him executed. Not long after, Richard took the throne.

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