Cultural depictions of Richard III of England

Cultural Depictions Of Richard III Of England

Cultural depictions of Richard III of England

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Richard III of England has been depicted in popular culture many times.


  • The foremost work of literature featuring Richard III is William Shakespeare's Richard III, which is believed to have been written in 1591, a century after the King's death. Richard is also a character in Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3.
  • Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendor gives a comprehensive account of the Wars of the Roses. However, the author has made additions and minor adjustments to enrich the story.
  • Anne Easter Smith's A Rose for the Crown is a romantic novel centred upon Katherine Haute, who has been suggested as the mother of at least one of Richard's illegitimate children.
  • Rosemary Hawley Jarman's novel We Speak No Treason (1971) is another account from the Ricardian viewpoint, told through three courtiers.
  • Reay Tannahill's The Seventh Son is a sympathetic but unromanticized treatment of Richard III.
  • Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time (1951) puts Clements Markham's theories regarding the Princes in the Tower, from his Richard III: his life and character (1906), into the form of a modern detective novel. While in hospital, an injured police detective devotes his spare time to an investigation of the murder of the Princes, supposedly committed or commissioned by Richard III. He concludes that Richard was innocent and that the most likely culprit was Henry VII. Writing as Gordon Daviot, she also wrote a play, Dickon (produced 1955), based more closely on the......
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