Today the spot where he is supposed to have met his end – a victim of treachery rather than military genius – is marked by a roughly-cut stone memorial in a quiet grove.
The plaque upon it reads simply: “Richard, the last Plantagenet King of England, was slain here 22nd August, 1485.”
Except that he was not.
According to a team of battlefield experts and historians the location of the battlefield was two miles to the south and west. At the moment they are being no more precise than that because they fear the activities of illegal treasure seekers.