A Grimsthorpe link to Richard III?
The remains of Richard III will be reintered in Leicester Cathedral and there is currently a great deal of interest in this controversial monarch.
We don’t think that there is a direct link with Richard III and Grimsthorpe Castle but we do know that, at the Battle of Bosworth Field, the father of the man who rebuilt Grimsthorpe was killed whilst attempting to protect the standard of Henry Tudor.
William Brandon was Henry’s standard-bearer and at the height of the battle King Richard saw a chance to overcome and kill Henry by charging him with a group of his closes supporters. Reports at the time state that Richard killed William Brandon before being forced back to a position where he was eventually surrounded and killed. His eventual resting place in a car park was to become known to the world.
At the time of the Battle of Bosworth William’s son, Charles Brandon, was only a baby and Henry Tudor (soon to be King Henry VII) was to honour his standard-bearers memory and ensure that the young Charles was looked after. He spent time with the royal children, including prince Henry (the future King Henry VIII). As young men they jousted together in the lists and were very close friends. Charles was to marry Henry’s sister Mary before he eventually married into the Willoughby family, owners of the Grimsthorpe Estate.