Land grudge brought about Bosworth treachery

Historians have long held that Richard III was killed at Bosworth field in retribution for his slaying of his nephews, the young, rightful heirs, but new evidence may show a different motive: a decade-old power struggle between Richard and William Stanley.

In a new book, historian David Hipshon, using recently discovered documents, contends that much of Stanley's treachery can be traced to his desire to claim land in western Lancashire, and Richard's efforts to stop him.

Hipshon's book, Richard III, is due to be published in Spring 2010. Hipshon is the author of Richard III and the Death of Chivalry.