Merlyn MacLeod, Author

Merlyn MacLeod, Author

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How Young Were King Richard III & His Queen, Anne Neville

5 July 2014 | 2 Comments


Richard III (Aneurin Barnard) & Anne Neville (Faye Marsay) in “The White Queen”

I was looking at a few photos from a series that ran last year that featured bits with Richard III and his queen, Anne Neville.

They were so young… he was 30 when he took the throne. Anne had just turned 27.

I’ve always thought both of them would have been much happier staying in Middleham as they had for the previous twelve years. Neither one seems to have cared much for court, and there they were, having to establish their own.

Guinevere says something in the musical “Camelot” that I’ve never forgotten, after Arthur asks if she wishes she’d never been born a queen.

“Oh, occasionally. It’s never being alone that bothers me most. Do you know, I have never been without someone around me in my entire life?… I mean, completely, totally, solitarily alone? Sometimes I wish the castle were empty, everyone gone, no one here but me. Do you know what I would do? I would bolt every door, lock every window, take off all my clothes and run stark naked from room to room. I would got to the kitchen, naked; prepare my own meals; naked; do some embroidery, naked; and put on my crown, naked. And when I passed a mirror, I would stop and say, “Ello, Jenny old thing! Nice to see you.!” But I must say, on the whole, being a queen can be…a weary load.”

I think Edward IV and his queen Elizabeth Woodville loved being what they were.

I’m not so sure Richard and Anne did. Within 18 months, they and their only son were dead.

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  1. Interesting idea, but we really know so little about their personal feelings. They lived in the north because that is where Richard was sent by his brother to keep the northern border calm. We don’t know if Anne desperately wanted to be in London, dancing at court, or whether Richard felt cut off from things so far from the capital.

    Interestingly, Richard was originally expected to work in Wales and the Marches. Edward originally granted him Welsh estates to manage. It was only later, that he was sent to the north. I wonder how differently things would have turned out if Richard had continued with the Wales/Marches area and not gone to the north at all.

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