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York's explanation of his right to the throne demonstrates a fairly distant claim, based almost entirely on the idea that the deposition of Richard II was the real crime of the Lancasters. In Shakespeare's time, there was a prevalent belief that the disastrous violence of the French wars and the English civil wars all rooted originally in the unjust murder of the rightful king, Richard II, and the rule of usurpers thereafter. Therefore, to depose the Lancasters again in favor of the Yorks would set things right.
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