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Richard III (Wars of the Roses #8)

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"Contexts" provides readers with the sources and analogues that informed Shakespeare's composition of Richard III. These include excerpts from Robert Fabyan's New Chronicles of England and France, Thomas More's The History of King Richard III, Edward Hall's The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York, A Mirror for Magistrates, and The True Traged ...more
Paperback, 423 pages
Published December 1st 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1591)
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Oct 22, 2009 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shakespeare
Richard III, abridged:

RICHARD: Mwahahaha! Mwahahahahaha! Mwahaha!
CLARENCE: Hey brother! So, I guess I'm being sent to the Tower of London. Sucks, right?
RICHARD: Don't worry, Clarence, you'll be fine. I'll try and get you out, and certainly won't hire assassins to kill you or anything.
CLARENCE: Awesome! You're the best!
RICHARD: Mwahahaha!
ANNE: You killed my husband and my son in the last play, you asshole! I HATE YOU SO MUCH!
RICHARD: I only killed your husband because you're so fucking hot.
Bill  Kerwin
May 12, 2007 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remembered this play as being nothing more than a superb melodrama organized around a charismatic, one-dimensional villain, but I now realize it is more complex than that.

Richard's deformity is not merely a physical sign of spiritual evil, but also a metaphor for the twisted era of internecine and intra-generational violence of which he himself is the inevitable conclusion. Richard claims that his disability disqualifies him for a peaceful age's love-making, but his effective wooing of Lady A
Henry Avila
Feb 07, 2013 Henry Avila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A hero, in his own mind or a historical villain? King Richard the Third , grew up in the turbulent years of the War of the Roses, 1455-1485, the English crown fought between the House of York, symbolized by the White Rose, and the House of Lancaster, the Red Rose, Sovereigns on the throne, vanish rapidly, ironically, two branches of the same Plantagenet family. Richard's brother Edward IV, at 6 foot four inches, the tallest British monarch in history, is dying, over indulgences, so much food and ...more
Barry Pierce
Ah good old Dick III. Killing yer husbands, killing yer children. An all-round family guy.
Bookdragon Sean
"A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse!

Poor old Richard. I think you needed more than that horse to save your kingdom…..
4 out of 5 stars to William Shakespeare's famous play, Richard III, one of his "War of the Roses" tragedies produced in the 16th century in England. People have generally heard of this King, and know more about him than they realize, but he is not one of the more famously read plays in high school or college, falling behind the more popular comedies and tragedies of Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and A Mid-Summer Night's Dream.

Why This Book
Although I read this play in
G.R. Reader
Nov 10, 2013 G.R. Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I played Anne in my school's production of Richard III when I was 15. In the seduction scene from Act 1, the guy playing Richard, who was a complete asshole, decided to put his hand on my left breast somewhere towards the end. I turned round and punched him in the face, knocking out one of his teeth.

They had to end the play there and then and I got expelled, but it was worth it.
Paul Bryant

Here is an excellent and fun archaelogical story. They just found Richard III. He was under a municipal car park. People had been parking their Renault Clios and Ford Fiestas on top of him for years.
Now, we last saw Richard being killed in Shakespeare at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 :

SCENE V. Another part of the field.
Alarum. Enter KING RICHARD III and RICHMOND; they fight. KING RICHARD III is slain.

After that, allegedly, the body was dragged into Leicester (25 miles south of Nottingham
Mar 04, 2017 Darwin8u rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aere-perennius, 2017
“Bloody thou art, bloody will be thy end;
Shame serves thy life and doth thy death attend.”

― William Shakespeare, Richard III, Act IV.4


Shakespeare's first Masterpiece. I find it hard to not think of this as the beginning of Shakespeare's real reign. His characters are amazing. His images are haunting. His monologues are beautiful. Yes, certainly I still think his best is yet to come, but if he died only producing this, we would still sing his name for the next 1000 years. King Richard is a beast
Dec 17, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.”

A powerful study of evil.

Richard, though, is made to be more complex than the medieval personification of Vice, more human and thus, more terrible.

“No beast so fierce but knows some touch of pity. But I know none, and therefore am no beast.”

Simona Bartolotta
I had to wait until the second-to-last page to hear him say "A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!"
Not fair, Willy.

I will probably write something coherent sooner or later. For the time being, suffice it to say that it's clearly not a Hamlet.

The day after

I'm always like this. When I don't know what to write about something I read, I go all "Hey, girl, do not despair. You'll think of something. You have all this profound blabber inside your head and you just have to find a not too embarassing
I'm nearly speechless.

I'm certain that most of my inability to form words is because I read so much history, even a few days ago, about the War of the Roses, and then, having plowed through Shakespeare's line of kings from Richard II through Richard III, having history be retold in oft-pleasing shape (inaccuracies aside), the whole shape of that history has built up into such a crescendo of howling misery in my mind that I can't except get horribly emotional about all the players in these plays.
Sep 06, 2016 Trish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This. ARG! This play really made me FURIOUS!
*takes a deep breath*

First things first, the plot:
Edward IV is king, we learn from his brother Richard (called Gloucester for his dukedom) how he became king. Richard is described as an ugly hunchback and he vows to behave as is expected of him.

Next, he plots to have his brother George Clarence put away in the Tower of London (there is a prophecy here, actually quite a number of them, but this one says that Edward's heirs will be killed by "G" which Ed
Oct 30, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-inglaterra, e5, g-teatro
"Mil corações se agigantam no meu peito."
(Ricardo III, Acto 5, Cena 3)

No meu peito não mil, mas um coração se agiganta de gratidão pela vida, que me oferece oportunidades de desfrutar de momentos grandiosos. Ler Ricardo III; ver Ricardo III são emoções únicas e inesquecíveis.

Nesta peça Shakespeare recria a vida de Ricardo de Gloucester, o terceiro e último rei do conflito que opôs as Casas de Lencastre e de York, denominado por A Guerra das Rosas e que decorreu entre 1455 e 1487. Foi o último r
Mar 04, 2017 Ted rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York,
And all the clouds that lowered upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.

Rating: 3 1/2 for reading, 4+ for seeing.

Richard, Duke of Gloucester. The lead. The future king Richard III.

He that hath here, in the first 41 lines of the play, surely the most revealing opening monologue in any of Shakespeare’s plays.

Further on, Richard declaims
But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous
Nov 11, 2016 Bam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a second reading of the play for me. It paints King Richard III of England (1452-1485) as the greatest villain of all literature, a sociopathic monster willing to do anything to achieve his desire for power. During the recent US presidential campaign, there have been several articles comparing Richard III to Donald Trump. Time will tell.

And speaking of time, I've just finished reading Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time, which is a crime story that investigates the alleged crimes of Kin
Richard is ugly, and the girls aren't interested. This really sours his attitude. He decides to plunge the country into another ruinous civil war; that'll show the bitches.

But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks,
Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass;
I, that am rudely stamp'd, and want love's majesty
To strut before a wanton ambling nymph;
I, that am curtail'd of this fair proportion,
Cheated of feature by dissembling nature,
Deformed, unfinish'd, sent before my time
Into this breathing wor
Ahmad Sharabiani
Richard III=The Tragedy of King Richard the Third (Wars of the Roses #8), William Shakespeare
عنوان: سوگنمایش شاه ریچارد سوم؛ سرایش: ویلیام شکسپیر؛ ویراسته: آنتونی هموند؛ مترجم: میر شمس الدین امیر سلطانی؛ تهران، امیرکبیر، 1379، در 368 ش، شابک: 9640007048؛ چاپ دوم، 1389، شابک: 9789640007044؛ موضوع: نمایشنامه ریچارد سوم شاه انگلستان از 1452 تا 1485 قرن 16 م
The historical Richard III:

Master Shakespeare's Richard III:

Sums it all up quite nicely.
May 22, 2016 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I watched the BBC's new Richard III starring some guy with the unlikely name of Eggs Benedict Cummerbund (or summat like that). He was good, but really, if you're competent to speak Shakespeare then you can hardly fail when you have lines as fabulous as Richard III has. This version has hacked down not only numerous (perceived and real) enemies of the hunchbacked King but the play itself, reducing one of Shakespeare's longest works to a mere two hours. I used to wonder what's Richard's Traged ...more

Shakespeare for Education, Shakespeare for Pleasure

I read Shakespeare in high school. In fact I remember being called into the Principal’s office for a parent-teacher conference. I had drawn and colored a picture of a guy and a girl lying in a dungeon with knife wounds everywhere and blood smeared all over the walls. “What is this?” they said. “Why all this blood?” “That’s Romeo and Juliet,” I said. “I like the story.” It’s obvious I hadn’t yet read the story my freshman year but I knew
David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedy
Creation of a Monster
16 September 2016

This is one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies though it probably falls more into the category of a history (particularly since it is the final play in the history cycle). A history it might be, though it can be argued that it is not an accurate history, but instead a piece of propaganda that was designed to cement the power of the current Tudor dynasty (not that Elizabeth I needed anything to cement her power).

The play is set in the closing years of the W

A really good, engaging play by the inimitable Shakespeare, but I must admit to kinda sorta preferring The White Queen's portrayal of Richard III, and therefore being a bit sceptical at the monster presented here.

"'I had an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him;
I had a Harry, till a Richard kill'd him:
Thou hast an Edward, till a Richard kill'd him.'
'I had a Richard too, and thou didst kill him;
I had a Rutland too, thou holp'st to kill him.'
'Thou hadst a Clarence too, and Richard kill'd him.'"

I mean
Oct 03, 2014 Dorreh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for richy the third, you tried bud, you did. And that effort did not go unnoticed. In every part of Shakespeare there is the simple representation of good and evil, and unlike most grey characters, with Shakespeare there is only black and white. Either you are simply evil as can be, or as angelic as can be.

Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York;
And all the clouds that lour'd upon our house
In the deep bosom of the ocean buried.
The play begins with
If ever there was a monarch who should have ended up buried under a car park, it is Shakespeare’s Richard III, “that bottled spider.”

I attended a performance of the play by Calgary’s Shakespeare Company and Richard was embodied by Haysam Kadri, who played Macbeth masterfully last year. He plays the villain extremely well and gave us a Richard with an impish gleam in his eye, giving the audience wry asides about his plans. I will go see this man in anything he should choose to act in—he is marvel
Aug 03, 2010 notgettingenough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
I hate you Al Pacino. Hate, hate, hate. You aren’t just the summer of my discontent, you are all four seasons and then some. Oh, and I take back anything I might have said about marrying you if you stop doing Martin Scorsese movies.

You do this movie, Al Pacino, Looking for Richard. This insidious movie that draws you in, entices you, sucks you into the idea that you gotta, gotta, gotta see Al Pacino doing Richard III, Al Pacino and his American mates have done just the best Richard III ever, and
Huda Aweys
نص مسرحي ضعيف .. واعتقد انه متحامل على الحقائق التاريخية وعلى شخص ريتشارد الثالث :))
Jan 23, 2017 Becca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Warning: Spoilers ahead! Well, you know, assuming you can spoil events that happened over five hundred years ago…

In complete honesty, I should be giving this play five stars. It was entertaining, incredibly witty, and fascinating. But, as the blurb of my copy states, here Shakespeare performs one of the greatest character assassinations in history, and that statement really is not so far from the truth. I’m not happy about it, but seeing as Shakespeare was writing during the time of Elizabeth I,
Dec 19, 2014 Melora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comments after second reading, Feb. 2017.
Okay, a second reading raises this to four stars. Not loving stars by any means, but Shakespeare's Richard is undeniably memorable, and it also gets a boost by coming immediately after the dreadful Titus Andronicus in my "Shakespeare in a Year" reading program. Sure, Richard is scheming, evil, and murderous, but at least one can discern some method to his murders. And this time, too, I saw more in some of the secondary characters, especially poor Clarence
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William Shakespeare (baptised 26 April 1564) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist. He is often called England's national poet and the "Bard of Avon" (or simply "The Bard"). His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems. His plays have been tr ...more
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