introduction to Richard III

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Richard III is among the plays that Shakespeare wrote about the history of England. The events in Richard III come directly after the 3rd part of Henry VI. These two plays make Shakespeare’s first tetralogy; Henry VI that has 3 parts and Richard III are altogether 4 plays in which the events are related.

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introduction to Richard IIIIntroduction to W. Shakespeares Richard IIIRichard III is among the plays that Shakespeare wrote about the history of England. The events in Richard III come directly after the 3rd part of Henry VI. These two plays make Shakespeares first tetralogy; Henry VI that has 3 parts and Richard III are altogether 4 plays in which the events are related. He used Raphael Holinsheds Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland(1587) as the main source of his History Plays (or Chronicle Playssometimes the Histories or the Chronicles). These are Henry IV, Henry V, Henry VI, Henry VIII, King John, Richard II and Richard III. He also used Edward Halls historical story, The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and York (1548), for this tetralogy. Although Shakespeares history plays were based on historical records, he had never been strictly loyal to the original sources. He made many changes, stretched and altered the time line, possibly to increase the dramatic effect of his plays. The events in these historical plays start from deposing of King Richard II and establishing the Lancaster Dynasty by Henry IV and go up to

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