In his recent book The Third Plantagenet, Dr. John Ashdown-Hill, the leading scholar on the House of York, proved beyond dispute that George, Duke of Clarence, was a short man. Indeed, as Dr. Ashdown-Hill brilliantly explained, Clarence’s small stature did much to mould his character.
Yet sometimes theories germinate in popular culture or in fiction before they find their way into the pages of academic history, and it appears that Clarence’s shortness is one of these theories. In making note of this, I do not mean at all to take away from Dr. Ashdown-Hill’s stellar achievement, for indeed, his theory is solidly based on the historical fact, while the source I am about to mention below relied, no doubt, on mere guesswork and instinct. Still, it is fascinating to note that two very different men, coming at the…
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