Robert Brackenbury

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Sir Robert Brackenbury was one of Richard III of England's close associates. He was treasurer of Richard's household when he was duke of Gloucester. When Richard took the throne Brackenbury received a number of appointments, including Lieutenant of the Tower of London, Sheriff of Kent, and control of various royal castles and manors in the southeast of England. After the rebellion of 1483, Brackenbury was given a number of forfeited estates in the southeast.

Contrary to popular belief, Brackenbury did NOT die at the Battle of Bosworth Field. After Richard's defeat, he swore alleigance to Henry VII of England, and kept his head. Allegedly, Shakespeare did not approve of what he saw as disloyalty, and so instead of adding this to his play, chose to kill the character of Brakenbury(sic).

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