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The History of King Richard III

The History of King Richard III By Thomas More Wendy Beckett The History of King Richard III Richard III s reputation stands as one of the most evil men in history a manipulating and murderous man who would stop at nothing to become king Much of what modern scholarship knows of him stems from

  • Title: The History of King Richard III
  • Author: Thomas More Wendy Beckett
  • ISBN: 9781843911074
  • Page: 110
  • Format: Paperback
  • The History of King Richard III By Thomas More Wendy Beckett Richard III s reputation stands as one of the most evil men in history a manipulating and murderous man who would stop at nothing to become king Much of what modern scholarship knows of him stems from Thomas More s critical biography, which itself proved the inspiration for Shakespeare s play.Focusing on the final years of Richard III s life, Sir Thomas More depicts a manRichard III s reputation stands as one of the most evil men in history a manipulating and murderous man who would stop at nothing to become king Much of what modern scholarship knows of him stems from Thomas More s critical biography, which itself proved the inspiration for Shakespeare s play.Focusing on the final years of Richard III s life, Sir Thomas More depicts a man captivated and corrupted by the thrill of power a man who twisted God s laws to justify not only his ruthless ambitions, but his most heinous crime the imprisonment and murder of his nephews, the true heirs to the throne The History of King Richard III is a powerful portrayal of a monstrous ruler and a fascinating insight into the mind and motivations of its author Scholar, politician, and one time favorite of the Court of Henry VIII, Sir Thomas More is best known for his Utopia.
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    1. Susan Abernethy on said:

      Whether you agree with More s recounting of events or not, it is a joy to read his writing This edition also has great background infomation from the editor about More s intention in writing this book and his methods I recommend it.

    2. Jane Griffiths on said:

      Yes I know More is a saint and all, but that doesn t make this work worth while It is a piece of spin, based on hearsay, and intended to contribute to the trashing of the reputation of King Richard III Yes, that Richard, who reigned for barely two years and who lost the ultimate battle at Bosworth He LOST, Tommy So why did you feel the need, so much later, to continue trashing him Why was it necessary Answer me that Maybe, just maybe, there was the memory of Good King Richard Trial by jury, just [...]

    3. Christopher on said:

      Interesting early work by Thomas More, his attempt to bring a humanist perspective to bear on the life of Richard III Heavily biased in favor of Henry Tudor, who ultimately defeated Richard and became king in his own right, but still an intriguing history that found new life a century later as one of Shakespeare s sources for Richard III Thanks, Colin

    4. Martin on said:

      From a post I made in the Shakespeare discussion group I thank my god for my humility Shakespeare s Richard as actor Richard often copies the character of the person he is with In general company he goes for a lowest common denominator approach, hence these deadly platitudes.There is a passage about Richard s acting and acting by politicians generally in More s History, which must have greatly interested Shakespeare, And in a stage play all the people know right wel, that he that playeth the sow [...]

    5. Brianna on said:

      Whether you agree, disagree, somewhat agree, or what have you, with Tom More s account of Richard well, strictly speaking not his account, but his written report of what he heard and read from others , one thing is certain the man could WRITE His history is both useful and entertaining, much of his poetry is frankly HILARIOUS, and he has some very insightful advice to share concerning marriage and the family Great man, great writer.

    6. Miriam on said:

      I read this for a seminar, but I must say that I really enjoyed it I don t quite agree with how More presents some events here, but I can really appreciate this book for what it is I especially liked the narrator, full of sarcasm and intelligent comments on life, as well as More s editorializing comments on historiography.

    7. Tom on said:

      Most people, if they think of anything involving the English king Richard III, assume he was an evil hunchback who had his young royal nephews killed to ensure he would be king as depicted by William Shakespeare.While it is highly likely that yes, Richard did have his nephews killed, the truth is Shakespeare s monarch is a monster of the highest order Futher, Shakespeare didn t invent his stories, so where did he get his version of Richard from Well, he got it from Thomas More.More wrote his his [...]

    8. Heather Cawte on said:

      Thomas More was only a small child when Richard III died at the Battle of Bosworth, so this account is hardly eye witness truth It is, however, a marvellous example of propaganda Thomas was writing for the Tudors, and so had a vested interest in painting Richard as the ultimate villain His long and convoluted sentences take a little untangling, but well repay the effort I believe that this the clearest and most inexpensive version of More s account currently in print.Simon Webb provides an excel [...]

    9. Bob Ladwig on said:

      The beauty of this book is in More s charming wit and wonderful use of the English language How accurate is the book That is debatable, considering More was acting as a court historian in writing it Regardless, it is well worth reading For my part, after reading this I thought it was fitting that Richard III should be found under a parking lot As soon as the determined it was Richard the III they should have put his body back under the parking lot and put a Pay Less Shoes over his grave.On anoth [...]

    10. Robert on said:

      It could be that the flow of the book was greatly diminished by the constant need for footnotes, but even accounting for that I did not come away awed by this moralizing history of a tyrant Perhaps I was not overly impressed because tyrants have gotten so much foul and crazed since then, and their biographies so much graphic and invasive.However, my hat is off to the Duke of Buckingham, who is a slimy sophist and career politician in the worst of ways, with excellent re workings of logic till [...]

    11. Chris on said:

      I found this book incredibly unstimulating and completely boring I hardly ever find a book as boring as this one The history itself should actually be interesting but I got lost in More s description of Richard III s life and events that occured during his life He didnt site his sources all that often and frankly I just didnt like it.

    12. Matt on said:

      This text has all the strengths and all the shortcomings of a work of literature and a work of history Interesting to look at one of Shakespeare s sources for his play, but on its own, falls quite short of Thomas More s usual faire.

    13. Joti on said:

      After having read Richard the Third, it was interesting to see Thomas More s History of him, but hardly as interesting as Shakespeare s play probably because it s like this long recitation of events instead of characters acting on stage.

    14. Xenia0201 on said:

      This was very difficult to read as it was in Old English and therefore painstakingly hard to translate and decipher.

    15. Veronica on said:

      I fell in love with this book One of the best history books I ve read A little hard to get through the archaic language, but once you get used to it, the things More is doing are brilliant.

    16. Sophie Murray-Morris on said:

      It is a difficult read but pretty essential reading if you re looking to study Shakespeare s Richard III More is witty but the factual errors let the text down a little.

    17. Helen Mears on said:

      Not easy to read, but worth persevering with just to hear Thomas More s voice This was the source text for Shakespeare s play and the origin of the dark myth of Richard.

    18. John on said:

      An interesting document Certainly one that would not appeal to the Ricardians

    19. Laura Parry on said:

      Difficult read, but worth it especially now that a lot of what More said about King Richard III has been confirmed.

    20. Jennifer on said:

      A hard read but what great content from the view from a man that lived in that time

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