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Response to Ilsa (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:48 PM

10. The scoliosis was reasonably severe,

and the result was that one shoulder was higher than the other. It developed at about the age of 10. But he walked normally and was a good soldier.

I've never read from contemporary accounts that he was discriminated against during his lifetime because of his appearance - it's on record that he was considered handsome, although not as handsome as his brother, Edward IV.

It was the Tudors, aided by Shakespeare, who put about that he was grossly deformed, with a hunchback, a whithered arm, and a limp, and with a heart as deformed as his body. The tragedy is that it's this image that's survived, because it's the winners who
write history.

One good result of this discovery will be (I hope) that now that we know the truth about his appearance, the truth about his character will come to be known.

In his one Parliament, he passed laws that aided the poor against those of power and influence - ruling that it was illegal to seize the property of anyone accused of crime until that person was convicted in court; making it illegal to bribe judges and jurors (a common practice until then); ruling that any person, however poor, with a grievance, could make a petition direct to the king; and he banned the system known as "benevolences" - forced taxes levied on the wealthier classes given as "gifts" to the king. (Henry VII lost no time in restoring these taxes.)

He was a good administrator and had the potential to become a great king.

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