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Cherrylips, the Creed Play, and Conflict: York in the Age of Richard III

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JournalCzech and Slovak Journal of the Humanities
DateAccepted/In press - 7 Nov 2016
DatePublished (current) - 30 Apr 2017
Issue number2
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)29-42
Original languageEnglish


Late Medieval English towns and cities regularly cultivated good relations with a regional magnate in the expectation that he would help protect the interests of the civic governors, but the relationship was always reciprocal. Th e magnate expected the favour to be returned. Richard of Gloucester, who ascended the throne in 1483 after a brilliant and ruthless coup in which his major political opponents were eliminated in short order and his late brother’s heir was bastardised and “disappeared,” cultivated just such a relationship with the city of York. The price Richard demanded was de facto control over the government of the city. When he ascended the throne the city laid on an elaborate programme of welcome, the full significance of which has not hitherto been realised. Th e brief notice of one Cherrylips, a local sex worker, in the city records on the eve of Richard’s entry into the city might well go unremarked, but this article seeks to demonstrate that the anxieties she provoked and the city’s reaction to her in fact speak volumes of the way in which the city governors had become the (more or less willing) puppets and mouthpieces for the new regime.

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