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People/Characters: William Stanley, brother of Thomas Stanley of Derby

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The Battle of Bosworth by Michael Bennett
Bosworth 1485: The Battle that Transformed England by Michael K. Jones
Henry VII by S. B. Chrimes
The Life and Times of Richard III by Anthony Cheetham
Loyaultie Me Lie: Bosworth Field, August 22, 1485 by Michael W. Kennedy
The Perfect Prince: Truth and Deception in Renaissance Europe by Ann Wroe
The Perkin Warbeck Conspiracy 1491-1499 by Ian Arthurson
Richard III by Charles Ross
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

Character description

Sir William Stanley (d. 1495): Younger brother of Thomas, Lord Stanley, later Earl of Derby. With his brother, he carefully played both sides during the Wars of the Roses. But at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, it was Sir William's forces who came to the rescue of Henry Tudor, killing Richard III and allowing Henry to usurp the throne as Henry VII. Sir William's brother Thomas, who was married to Henry's mother Margaret Beaufort, became Earl of Derby as a result -- but Henry VII executed William Stanley in 1495 as the result of an alleged conspiracy. What this says about the Stanleys, and about Henry, is left as an exercise for the reader.

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