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Compare 1577 edition: 1 Richard the third sonne, of whome we now in|treat, was in wit and courage equall with either of them,The descrip|tion of Ri|chard the third. in bodie and prowesse farre vnder them both, litle of stature, ill featured of limmes, crooke backed, his left shoulder much higher than his right, hard fa|uoured of visage, and such as is in states called war|lie, in othermen otherwise; he was malicious, wrath|full, enuious, and from afore his birth euer froward. It is for truth reported, that the duchesse his mother had so much adoo in hir trauell, that she could not be deliuered of him vncut; and that he came into the world with the féet forward, as men be borne out|ward, and (as the same runneth also) not vntoothed, whether men of hatred report aboue the truth, or else that nature changed hir course in his beginning, which in the course of his life manie things vnnatu|rallie committed. So that the full confluence of these qualities, with the defects of fauour and amiable proportion, gaue proofe to this rule of physiognomie:

Distor tum vultum sequitur distorsio morum.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 None euill capteine was he in the warre, as to which his disposition was more méetly than for peace. Sundrie victories had he, & sometimes ouerthrowes; but neuer on default as for his owne person, either of hardinesse or politike order. Frée was he called of dispense, and somewhat aboue his power liberall: with large gifts he gat him vnstedfast fréendship, for which he was faine to pill and spoile in other places, and got him stedfast hatred. He was close and se|cret, a déepe dissembler, lowlie of countenance, arro|gant of heart, outwardlie companiable where he in|wardlie hated, not letting to kisse whome he thought to kill: despitious and cruell, not for euill will alway, but ofter for ambition, and either for the suertie or in|crease of his estate.

Compare 1577 edition: 1 2 Friend and so was much what indifferent, where his aduantage grew, he spared no mans death whose life withstoode his purpose.The death of king Henrie the sixt. He slue with his owne hands king Henrie the sixt, being prisoner in the Tower, as men constantlie said, and that without commandement or knowledge of the king, which would vndoubtedlie (if he had intended that thing) haue appointed that butcherlie office to some other, than his owne borne brother. Some wise men also wéene, that his drift couertlie conueied, lacked not in helping foorth his brother of Clarence to his death: which he resisted openlie, howbeit somewhat (as men déemed) more faintlie than he that were hartilie minded to his wealth.

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