"A number of manuscripts belonging to Richard III, which include a prayer book, a guide on how to be a good king, and literary texts in three languages have survived. These books show him as a learned, devotional and cultured medieval monarch", says historian Michael Wood.
He believes these texts are the only way of "getting behind the Tudor myth… When you look at the manuscripts you forget Shakespeare's legend of the hunchback which dominates everyone's imagination".
"He was a legitimately crowned king so the Tudors had to portray themselves as successors delivering the country from a wicked tyrant. The image of him as wicked is entirely spawned by Tudor propaganda.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-19572103
Michael Wood is the historian who also brought us The Story of England
on PBS where they take the village of Kibworth and tell the history of England through one town in Leicestershire.