King Richard III & Historians



The question about King Richard III and his fate in history for historians is not an easy one,

or better put:

it is a ‘history’ in itself and nothing to be mourned or which can possibly be changed.


How William Shakespeare saw King Richard III is a point of analysis, an entry point into a time long gone from a perspective and interpretative questions well embedded in the reasoning of our current time.



A very detailed and enlightening statement about King Richard III and the historical point of view today comes from a well known fan and  – what much better describes her unique approach than ‘fan’ – analyst of Mr. Armitage’s effect on womankind,



Servetus – on her blog Me+RichardArmitage.

“richard + richard armitage”: Or, why I am not that kind of Ricardian



I hope you enjoy the arguments and comparison between historians, Ricardians and Mr. Armitage’s point of interest as much as I did.

I am very much looking forward to Servetus’ promised continuation of her deep research and analysis into the topic of King Richard III.


4 Responses to King Richard III & Historians

  • bccmee says:

    In college I took an multidisciplinary course taught by two professors: one a historian and the other a filmmaker. We read history and watched historical films and then analyzed the differences. It would be interesting to do a comparison of Shakespeare’s play and what historians believe actually happened in the life of RIII.

    • CDoart says:

      That sound like a wonderful idea to study historical film. Though, with Shakespeare’s version and the historical Richard III, I doubt filmmakers and historians will find too much common ground to compare. Though it might reveal quite interesting points in analysing Shakespeare’s reasons for his changes.
      That might be quite an interesting angle to analyse either Shakespeare’s and King Richard III’s life.

  • fitzg says:

    Bccmee has brought up very good points – as had servetus. There is some dichotomy (trichotomy?) within the perspectives of historian/writing and documentation/drama. As Shakespeare was a dramatist (rather good, too, :D) we cannot really condemn him for using his Tudor patrons and masters’ enemies as catalyst.

    It is not that much different from dramatising N&S. It is possible to work much more into a book, than into a drama. History, and the objectives of the historian, are even further removed from this.

    • CDoart says:

      Shakespeare was quite effective in his work, I very much agree with you here, Fitzg. For an author, it is much more interesting to create a really bad character who can commonly be condemned by the audience, instead of a character full of grey shades, which needs interpreting and re-interpreting and evades a final judgement about his being good or bad.
      Here historians can continue to argue and research for the next 5 centuries, but a dramatist wants to present a solution and wants to lead his audience to a good and cleansing Catharsis.

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