Shakespeare’s version of King Richard III

One more sleep until we find out if the body retrieved by University of Leicester’s archaeologists is that of King Richard III. In the meantime, here are some words and images of Shakespeare’s (and Tudor England’s) version of this much maligned king.

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 1, Scene 2
Gloucester: Fairer than tongue can name thee, let me have.
Some patient leisure to excuse myself.
Lady Anne: Fouler than heart can think thee, thou canst make
No excuse current, but to hang thyself.

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 1, Scene 4
First Murderer: Offended us you have not, but the king.
Duke of Clarence: I shall be reconciled to him again.
Second Murderer: Never, my lord; therefore prepare to die.

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 2, Scene 1
Duke of Gloucester: Why, madam, have I offer’d love for this
To be so bouted in this royal presence?
Who knows not that the noble duke is dead?
You do him injury to scorn his corpse

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 3, Scene 7
Duke of Buckingham: Two props of virtue for a Christian prince,
To stay him from the fall of vanity:
And, see, a book of prayer in his hand,
True ornaments to know a holy man.

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 5, Scene 3
Ghost of Anne: Richard, thy wife, that wretched Anne thy wife,
That never slept a quiet hour with thee,
Now fills thy sleep with perturbations
To-morrow in the battle think on me,
And fall thy edgeless sword: despair, and die!

Shakespeare’s Richard IIIAct 5, Scene 4
Richard III: A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

 

English text taken from OpenSource Shakespeare online History of Richard
III (1592)
.  Images from Liebig’s Extract of Meat advertising trade cards series Richard III by Shakespeare published 1899.

What do you think about the search and possible discovery of Richard III? Please do leave your thoughts in the Comments box below.

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You may also be interested in the following posts
– Richard III lyth buryed at Leicester
– Richard III – ‘I am a villain: yet I lie. I am not’
– School Trip Friday – Of cabbages and kings

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