For centuries the vision of Richard III has been dominated by the fictional creations of Thomas More and Shakespeare. Voices have protested during the intervening years, some of them eminent and scholarly, urging a more reasoned view to replace the traditional black portrait. But historians, whether as authors or presenters of popular TV history, still trot out the old pronouncements about ruthless ambition, usurpation and murder. In Richard III: The Maligned King,Annette Carson seeks to redress the balance by examining the events of his reign as they actually happened, based on reports in the original sources. Eschewing the overlay of assumptions so beloved by historians – about character, motivation and hidden intentions – instead she traces actions and activities of the principal characters, using facts and time-lines revealed in documentary evidence. Daring to investigate areas where historians fear to tread, this book raises some controversial questions. Was Edward IV assassinated? Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville engage in witchcraft? Why did Thomas More lay down his pen, leaving his dramatic attack on Richard unfinished?
The History of King Richard the Third is Thomas More's English masterpiece. With the help of Shakespeare, whose Richard the Third took More's work as its principal model, the History determined the historical reputation of an English king and spawned a seemingly endless controversy about the justness of that reputation. George M. Logan has produced a scholarly yet accessible edition of the History, designed to make More's exhilarating work fully accessible to 21st-century readers. More's text is presented here with modern English spelling and punctuation, and with full annotation of linguistic difficulties and the historical background. The text is preceded by a general introduction, a chronology, and suggestions for further reading. An appendix reprints passages from key sources and analogues, enabling the reader to see how More worked with his English sources and classical models, and finally how Shakespeare worked with More.
Examines how Richard came to power in fifteenth-century Britain and attempts to reconcile his ruthless political actions with his beneficent rule.
Presents essays written from the seventeenth through the early twenty-first centuries that offer an analysis and critique of "Richard III," and includes a summary of the play and excerpts of key passages.
"The best biography of Richard III that has been written."—A. L. Rowse, Chicago Tribune Paul Murray Kendall's masterful account of the life of England's King Richard III has remained the standard biography of this controversial figure.
This edition of the classic text of Richard III is rendered in superbly readable form and properly ascribed to its true author, Edward de Vere. A carefully selected bibliography at the end of the play offers the reader an opportunity to investigate and confirm this fact of authorship for themselves.
The remit of this book is to investigate whether Richard III really was a ruthless murderer or merely a victim of bad public opinion and propaganda. Michael Hicks discusses Richard's reputation and uses contemporary sources to strip `away the propaganda of the centuries to rescue Richard from his critics and supporters alike'.