Long before Matthew’s story opens, in October 1452, King Richard III was born at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. He was son of the Duke of York and his wife, Cecily Neville, the twelfth of their thirteen children – yes, thirteen! Sadly, several of his brothers and sisters died when they were only children.
Richard probably lived much of his early life at Fotheringhay, although this was only one of his parents’ homes.
Matthew visits Fotheringhay briefly as he journeys south to London with Richard in the winter of 1482. He doesn’t ask then why Duke Richard has stopped at the priory rather than at the great castle, but he discovers later whose tombs lie within the church and the story of how they came to be there.