The Princes in the Tower - Chapters 9-10, The Fall of Hastings, This Act of Usurpation Summary & Analysis

Alison Weir (historian)
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Chapters 9-10, The Fall of Hastings, This Act of Usurpation Summary and Analysis

To increase his power, Richard steadily turned the Council members against one another. Hastings was still on Richard's side but others were becoming suspicious. Richard had to act fast, securing the throne before the coronation. He ran the idea of his becoming king by Hastings but Hastings rejected the idea and became frightened when he realized what Richard was thinking. Hastings confided in several people, including Edward V whom he encouraged to have Richard removed.

Richard eventually learned of Hastings's countermoves and decided to treat him as a conspirator. The Wydvilles were neutralized and Hastings had little help against Richard's accusations. However, Hastings had his own power and could not be easily overthrown.

Richard quickly summoned troops to intimidate those who would stop...

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