What Did Buckingham Want to Say?

We know that before his execution, Henry Stafford, Richard III’s ally suddenly turned rebel, asked for an audience with Richard, but was denied. Sadly, we now have no idea of what Buckingham meant to say. So what was it? Here are a few possibilities:

Sorry sorry sorry!

You know, don’t you think we should just chalk this one up to experience?

I know this looks bad, but I can explain everything.

I just wanted to express my high sense of esteem for you. I don’t think I’ve ever had the chance to do so.

I’ve still got lots of great ideas in my head. Let’s do supper, shall we?

Just kidding!

Shouldn’t you sleep on this?

I know I shouldn’t speak ill of a lady, but it’s really that Margaret Beaufort dame whose head you should be going after.

Remember how much fun we had stealing the crown? Doesn’t that count for anything?

If you spare my life, I’ll dish some real dirt about my wife’s sister Elizabeth Woodville.

Remember, if you kill me, someday some guy will write me a speech in which I get to talk about it being All Souls’ Day and act very repentant and noble, and you’ll just be yelling for a horse.

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7 Responses to What Did Buckingham Want to Say?

  1. Gabriele C. says:


    That last one had me in stitches.

  2. Alianore says:

    I love the last one, too!

  3. Carla says:

    Great stuff! I add my vote for the last one.

  4. Susan Higginbotham says:

    Thanks, ladies!

    Years ago, the English Shakespeare Company brought its Wars of the Roses production to Stamford, Connecticut. It was a modern-dress production. The actor who played Buckingham (I think it was Michael Pennington) was dressed in a trenchcoat. Ye gods, he had magnetism. For weeks after that I was staring at men in trenchcoats wistfully.

  5. Gabriele C. says:

    Sean Bean wore a leather one when he played Macbeth on stage. I so want a DVD of that production.

  6. Nan Hawthorne says:

    Could you ever get cleverer???


  7. Susan Higginbotham says:

    Thanks, Nan!

    Gabriele, that’s a DVD I would probably enjoy myself.