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King Richard III (Wars of the Roses #8)

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The Arden Shakespeare has long been acclaimed as the established scholarly edition of Shakespeare's work. Now being totally reedited for the third time, Arden editions offer the very best in contemporary scholarship. Each volume provides a clear and authoritative text, edited to the highest standards; detailed textual notes and commentary on the same page of the text; full ...more
Paperback, 393 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published 1591)
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Madeline
Oct 25, 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.
A
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Barry Pierce
Ah good old Dick III. Killing yer husbands, killing yer children. An all-round family guy.
Bill  Kerwin
Jan 29, 2016 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
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Henry Avila
May 10, 2015 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
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
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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
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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.
Lyn
May 13, 2016 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.”

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Teresa
Nov 02, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
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Jenny
Apr 08, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Δηλώνω ενθουσιασμένη από αυτό το αριστούργημα,το οποίο επάξια πήρε μια θέση στα αγαπημένα μου έργα του Shakespeare.

Το δεύτερο μεγαλύτερο έργο του,κι όμως κυλάει νεράκι,καθώς οι διάλογοι είναι γρήγοροι κι ευφυέστατοι,οι εξελίξεις δεν καθυστερούν,κι ούτε μια φράση δεν είναι περιττή.Ο Ριχάρδος Γ' είναι από τους πιο μοχθηρούς κι ενδιαφέροντες χαρακτήρες του βάρδου,οι γυναίκες του έργου είναι όλες εξαιρετικές-ειδικά η χήρα Μαργαρίτα έχει κάποιες από τις καλύτερες ατάκες!

Θα σημείωνα αγαπημένα μου αποσ
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Manny
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
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Marquise
The historical Richard III:



Master Shakespeare's Richard III:



Sums it all up quite nicely.
Brian
FIVE PLUS

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
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notgettingenough
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
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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
Huda Aweys
نص مسرحي ضعيف .. واعتقد انه متحامل على الحقائق التاريخية وعلى شخص ريتشارد الثالث :))
Dorreh
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
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Robert
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
Libby
This single play causes more conflict in me than all the other works of Shakespeare together. This play has it all when considered as drama. Aristotle said drama should inspire terror and pity and this one does that so thoroughly. It goes right to the heart of bitter envy, of loneliness, of pain, all curdling in the juices of family and turning to hatred and revenge. The action builds ominously and the dialog is---well---Shakespearian. The lines roll out so beautifully that sometimes I lose the ...more
Jim
May 07, 2015 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: plays, reread, shakespeare
William Shakespeare's Richard III is a veritable charnel house in which all members of the royal family and nobility that do not espouse Richard's ambition to be king are put to death. Even when these "enemies" are children -- the "Princes in the Tower" -- Richard does not swerve from his bloody course. He is, as Queen Margaret calls him, "hell's black intelligencer."

There exists to this day considerable doubt as to whether Richard was as black as the Bard painted him. In her novel The Daughter
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Esdaile
I think that if I were asked to name the Shakespeare play which I least enjoyed, I would name this one. It is a piece of propaganda from beginning to end. It is not worthy of comparison with Shakespeare's
far superior Richard II, whether in terms of poetry, psychology or dramatic quality. This is not to say that there are not memorable elements to the play, foremost of course, the opening solilloquoy, the epitome of the characteristic in English literature to create caricature and paint it up as
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Abeer
Every line is intricately written to create a dynamic living poem thats both real and surreal its bizarre. Shakespeare deserves all the lavished praise he has been given. Richard is an utter villain but he's characterized so well and is extremely well spoken, and this has been said about shakespearean characters a lot because it's true, you'll find an image of his characters in your time and place because they're so archetypal. He's basically what would happen if a middle eastern tyrant and a se ...more
Samet
Acımasız olduğu kadar haline üzüldüğümsün riçırt.
Akemi G
May 18, 2016 Akemi G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction, dramas
ANNE: O, wonderful, when devils tell the truth!
RICHARD: More wonderful, when angels are so angry.


Okay . . . so this guy Richard. I totally understand why some people hate him. He is horrible. Not only he kills, but he lacks the justification Hamlet or Tutus have (if murder can ever possibly justified) and he lacks the grace of Lady Macbeth (not that grace justifies killing).

The play, however, is interesting in a convoluted way. I love the scene in which he talks to Anne. Such a sick humor! I
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Nooilforpacifists
Greatest propaganda of the age. The Tudors had seized the throne, therefore every king that came before or claimant that could appear tomorrow had to be illegitimate. Shakespeare, to get more princely commissions, not to mention keep his head, had to make Richard III a villain for the ages. Shakespeare, being Shakespeare, went above and beyond the call, and his take is the received wisdom to this day.

But it doesn't hang together, unless you assume Richard's character changed dramatically and ine
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David Sarkies
Jul 22, 2011 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tragedy
This is one of Shakespeare's earlier tragedies though it is considered more of a history than a tragedy. A history it might be, but it can be argued that it is not an accurate history, but rather 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 Wars of the Roses. This was a civil war in England between two noble houses, Lancaster and York, and rulership
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Cheri
Apr 01, 2008 Cheri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama-british
I've been re-reading my Shakespeare. I love this play so much, the language is so rich and lovely. I've also been re-watching all the Shakespeare films, so this is a duel medium review.

I hate, hate, hate the Lawrence Olivier Richard III. Firstly, he adds pieces of monologues from other plays to the opening speech, (a speech which is perfect on it's own). Apparently, it was supposed to be under the guise of making it more understandable, but comes off as awful! Add to that the fact that he doesn'
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Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
I have found a new favorite villain! Richard the III is so manipulative but since he's also the underdog of the stories you can't help but kind of love him in his awfulness. His life becomes so twisted and evil he finally does some introspection and decides that he doesn't even like himself! So if you want a lot of backstabbing and head chopping-Richard's your boy. (Just don't trust him)
Laura
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
A production of one of Shakespeare's most popular plays featuring his most charismatic villain.

Douglas Henshall stars as Shakespeare's villain. With original music by David Pickvance.




From BBC Two:
The Hollow Crown -The Wars of the Roses: 3. Richard III
At Westminster, Richard speaks about his deformity, the evil plots he has laid, and the decadence at court.
George, brother to Richard and the king, is arrested during a birthday feast for Prince Edward and led away to t
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Orsolya
What can one say about Shakespeare’s work which has not already been said? Probably not much. However, what can be said about the blackened reputation of the “villainous hunchback” Richard III? Well, that could (and does) fill volumes. Shakespeare’s histories may be a little biased and somewhat humorous; but they certainly provide entertainment. These traits transgress to the famous play, “Richard III”.

“Richard III” encompasses both tragedies and comedic elements although the comedic elements ar
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