His writing This edition also has great background infomation from the editor about More s intention in writing this book and his methods I recommend it From a post I made in the Shakespeare discussion groupI
thank my god for my humility s Richard as actor Richard often copies the character of my god for my humility Shakespeare Richard as actor Richard often copies the character of person he is with In general company he goes for a lowest common denominator approach hence these deadly platitudesThere is a passage about Richard s acting and acting by politicians generally in More s History which must have greatly interested ShakespeareAnd in a stage play all the people know right wel that he that playeth the sowdayne is percase a sowter Yet if one should can so lyttle good to shewe out of seasonne what acuaintance he hath with him and calle him by his owne name whyle he standeth in his magestie one of his tormentors might hap to breake his head and worthy for marring of the play And so they said that these matters bee Kynges games as it were stage playes and for the part plaied vpon scafoldes In which pore men be but the lokers onI had better paraphrase thisIn a stage play everyone knows perfectly well that the person acting the Sultan is really a shoemaker But if anyone was so lacking in good sense as to show his acuaintance with the man by inappropriately calling out his real name while he s dressed up as a king he might be attacked and have his head broken and serve him right for spoiling the play Similarly these events were seen as political games like stage plays but played out on scaffolds with the people as onlookersMore s History is not a history in The Conventional Sense But conventional sense but a study in political control persuasion and propaganda There are long sections in direct speech rather like a novel Here More is looking at the way political rituals are never challenged A significant classic akin to Machiavelli rather than the English Chroniclers Also a good introduction to late 15thearly 16th century English prose By no means an easy read. Torical background The text is preceded by a general introduction a chronology and suggestions for further reading An appendix reprints passages from key sources and analogues enabling the reader to see how More worked with his English sources and classical models and finally how Shakespeare worked with Mor.
Review Ê PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ´ Thomas MoreMost people if they think of anything involving the English king Richard III assume he was an evil hunchback who had his young royal nephews killed to ensure he would be king as depicted by William ShakespeareWhile it is highly likely that yes Richard did have his nephews killed the truth is Shakespeare s monarch is a monster of the highest order Futher Shakespeare didn t invent his stories so where did he get his version of Richard he got it from Thomas MoreMore wrote
his history and Shakespeare s play will probably add a newhistory and knowing Shakespeare s play will probably add a new of appreciation for what More has here Richard is every bit as twisted as Shakespeare would depict him as but likewise nothing but praise is heaped upon Henry VII and Edward IV also known as Henry VIII s More s king father and maternal grandfather respectively More managed to shape history and personal opinion on his ruler s father s political enemy for decades to come while sprinkling his narrative with humanist conversations and providing a basic framework for a biography Though mostly of interest to scholars this reading edition is highly accessible and worth a look
#for anyone looking #anyone looking Shakespeare s own sources or perhaps interested in of More s work outside Utopia I found myself grumbling at this book the entire time More s facts are gossip This is ust anti King Richard III propaganda wrapped up as real history Luckily this book is available for free download online so I didn t waste any money on it This is an interesting history in that More does not so much write a historical account of the rule of King Richard III but shows how thirst for power develops into tyranny something the author detested Written by a young More it points to themes that recur in his later writings but it is also fresh intimate and reads like a short novel The book inspired Shakespeare to write his famous play Interesting early work by Thomas More his attempt to bring a humanist perspective to bear on the life of Richard III Heavily biased. The History of King Richard the Third is Thomas More's English masterpiece With the help of Shakespeare whose Richard the Third took More's work as its principal model the History determined the historical reputation of an English king and spawned a seemingly endless controversy about the ustness of that In favor of Henry Tudor who ultimately defeated Richard and became king in his own right but still an intriguing history that found new life a century later as one of Shakespeare s sources for Richard III Thanks Colin Yes I know later as one of Shakespeare s sources for Richard III Thanks Colin Yes I know is a saint and all but that doesn t make this work worth while It is a piece of spin based on
hearsay and intended to contribute to the trashing of the reputation of King Richard III Yes that Richard who reignedand intended to contribute to the trashing of the reputation of King Richard III Yes that Richard who reigned barely two years and who lost the ultimate battle at Bosworth He LOST Tommy
#so why did #why did feel the need so much later to continue trashing him Why was it necessary Answer me that Maybe ust maybe there was the memory of Good King Richard Trial by Adolescence juryustice for the poor laws in English There would have been much if Richard had lived And now Richard has been buried with dignity and honour and thousands go to pay respect no one goes to YOUR grave you twisted old pervert But in the meantime for this present matter I shall release you the dolorous end of those babes not after every way that I have heard but after that way that I have so heard by such men and by such means as me thinketh it were hard but it should be true I read this for a seminar but I must say that I really enjoyed it I don t uite agree with how More presents some events here but I can really appreciate this book for what it is I especially liked the narrator full of sarcasm and intelligent comments on life as well as More s editorializing comments on historiography Whether you agree disagree somewhat agree or what have you with Tom More s account of Richard well strictly speaking not his account but his written report of what he heard and read from others one thing is certain the man could WRITE His history is both useful and entertaining much of his poetry is frankly HILARIOUS and he has some very insightful advice to share concerning marriage and the family Great man great writer Whether you agree with More s recounting of events or not it is a oy to read. EputationGeorge M Logan has produced a scholarly yet accessible edition of the History designed to make More's exhilarating work fully accessible to 21st century readers More's text is presented here with modern English spelling and punctuation and with full annotation of linguistic difficulties and the his.