What Would Have Happened If the Battle of Bosworth Was Written by Disney?
On August 22, 1485 Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth. But what if this was a Disney story? What would the outcome have been then?
August 22, 1485 is the date that everyone knows as the Battle of Bosworth. King Richard III went to war against Henry Tudor and died. After that, propaganda spread that Richard was a hunchback and evil man. He was blamed over and over again for the disappearances (and deaths) of his nephews despite no evidence to support it.
However, what if it was all a Disney movie? Some of this inspiration comes from The White Queen, but I do want to explore the idea further. Just how would the Battle of Bosworth ended had Disney created the whole story?
Richard III was always viewed as the ...
Would King Richard III Have Been the Villain?
The initial part really depends on whether Richard III was the good or bad guy. What do you think?
Before thinking about the war, it’s worth thinking about whether King Richard III would have been the good or the bad guy. There is one reason to make him the bad guy: his possible involvement in the disappearances of the Princes in the Tower. But what if he had nothing to do with that? What if it was someone like Margaret Beaufort or even Henry Tudor himself (somehow—I’ve not thought everything through yet).
Take out his involvement in the Princes in the Tower and King Richard III could have been the good guy. He stepped up to the throne when there was no-one else. He tried to make peace with his sister-in-law Elizabeth Woodville and gave his niece Elizabeth of York a place at court.
That would make Henry Tudor the villain.
Henry Tudor as a Villain
Having fun with Henry VII being the bad guy in a Disney movie.
Maybe Henry wouldn’t quite be the villain. I’m taking some inspiration from Dreamworks' Skrek here and making him a mommy’s boy. Someone who has Margaret Beaufort doing it all for him. After all, she certainly did do a lot for him. Of course, in history she had no choice. Henry had been exiled by the time of the Battle of Bosworth, so she needed to do something to get her son on the throne.
While in France, Henry was gathering an army to bring back to England. I could see him communicating with his mother and she tells him just how to do it. In fact, bring in Jasper Tudor and the two of them are conspiring together to make the Battle of Bosworth happen. The other option is that Margaret as Jasper around her little finger and he does everything that she tells him to.
I'm chuckling to myself as I write this, envisioning Henry Tudor as a spoiled brat who can't do anything for himself. If you've seen Shrek 2, think of Prince Charming and you'll get my idea for him.
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Can anyone else seeing Margaret being the brains behind the plot?
The Ending at the Battle of Bosworth
Just how would Disney have ended this movie? Would it have had the same outcome?
Finally, we get to the end. The final scene is the big fight. But who will win?
Since this is a Disney movie, it would have to be the good guy. After all, evil must be vanquished. During the war, Henry’s step-father decides to remain loyal to his king—he is a good king after all in this. Henry’s army is defeated and Henry dies on the battlefield. King Richard III is victorious.
The True Story of the Battle of Bosworth
What about Margaret Beaufort? I don’t think she’d be killed off. Looking back at Cinderella, the ugly stepsisters were never killed off. But she would be left unhappy. Her son is gone and her husband betrayed her by standing up for Richard III. She would be locked away in the Tower, and I’m sure that would open the door for another movie at some point as she plots her revenge. Maybe in that one she meets her demise.
But What About Anne Neville?
Let's not forget about Richard III's wife.
There is one character that I have forgotten about throughout all this. Anne Neville; the Kingmaker’s daughter. What could possibly happen to her?
Disney has sadness during movies. Characters die to help keep the plot going and to give the eventual hero something worth fighting for. I could see Anne’s death helping him with that. She may even give him her blessing to remarry—even suggesting Elizabeth of York.
That would open up the very final scene being Richard III’s marriage to Elizabeth of York. She finally becomes Queen Consort of England and we see her mother watching her with pride.
Disney movies always have a happy ending, so there is no way that Henry Tudor could have won. He was the usurper after all. Of course, this would depend on whether Richard III had anything to do with the Princes in the Tower or not. If Disney decided not to, then he would have been the good guy—the one with the white hat (the white rose...).
What do you think? What’s your storyline if Disney did the Battle of Bosworth?
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