BBC History Magazine – Richard III – The Full Story of the by Rob Attar, Matt Elton

By Rob Attar, Matt Elton

Assessment: Richard III has usually been within the information because his continues to be have been chanced on underneath a Leicester automobile park years in the past. Now, as he's to be buried in Leicester Cathedral, this compendium of the easiest articles from BBC historical past journal mixed with in particular commissioned content material, bargains the last word advisor to this recognized - and notorious - monarch.

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Shakespeare’s Richard additionally advertises his affinity with the “formal Vice, Iniquity”, a character familiar from medieval morality drama and Tudor interludes. This device works to establish Richard’s rapport with the audience and highlights his selfconsciousness as performer. By far the most significant fictive component of Shakespeare’s play relates to the enhanced role of women, likely inspired by The True Tragedy’s sympathetic treatment of another of Richard’s targets, Jane Shore, the hapless mistress of King Edward IV and then of his chamberlain, Hastings.

These men relied extensively on the work of earlier chroniclers and antiquarians, from Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerard of Wales and Hector Boece to Edward Hall and John Leland. At a time when there was no copyright as we know it, and when ideas of plagiarism were only just emerging, wholesale appropriation of earlier materials was common practice. But the contributors were learned men, and typically acknowledged their sources. The 1577 edition had numerous woodcut illustrations – one depicted Macbeth and Banquo’s encounter with the weird sisters.

He was a formidable warrior The records reveal that Richard had begun his military training at an early age. In March 1465, his brother Edward IV spent over £20 (£10,000) for “sheaves of arrows” and bows, “to the use of our brethren the dukes of Clarence and Gloucester”. Richard first saw military action in the battles of Barnet – where one source indicates he was wounded – and Tewkesbury. His fighting skills were praised by one poet, who described Richard as a young Hector. In 1480, Richard wrote to the French king Louis XI, thanking him for “the great bombard which you caused to be presented to me, for I have always taken and still take great pleasure in artillery and I assure you it will be a special treasure to me”.

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