Is Richard the third a tragedy?
Even though, historically, Richard III has been considered a tragedy, Richard III is not a character scholars tend to think of when they hear the words “tragic hero.”1 Instead, scholars have argued that Richard III is a villain, because of the evil actions he commits in Shakespeare's play.
King Richard III. Richard was the last Yorkist king of England, whose death at the Battle of Bosworth effectively ended the Wars of the Roses. He has become infamous because of the disappearance of his young nephews - the Princes in the Tower - and through William Shakespeare's play 'Richard III'.
- Fotheringhay Castle (also Fotheringay Castle) was in the village of Fotheringhay 3 1⁄2 miles (5.6 km) to the north of the market town of Oundle, Northamptonshire (grid reference TL061930).
- originally spelt Plante Genest or Plantegenest and later Plauntegenet or Plantaginet. It originated as a nickname for Count Geoffrey of Anjou, father of King Henry II who ascended the English throne in 1154. This name has traditionally been taken to mean a 'sprig of broom', which is an instance of a 'hairy shoot'.
- House of Tudor, an English royal dynasty of Welsh origin, which gave five sovereigns to England: Henry VII (reigned 1485–1509); his son, Henry VIII (1509–47); followed by Henry VIII's three children, Edward VI (1547–53), Mary I (1553–58), and Elizabeth I (1558–1603).
Updated: 2nd October 2019