Lost and Found: What Remains of Richard III Under the Wheels of Fortune

richard thirdThey found the royal  bones

Of  evil  Richard the Third

Below a modern  parking lot,

His fate ironic and  absurd.

This villain who would  trade

His kingdom for a ride

Has lain beneath the  weight

Of many since he died.

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  • I just watched the movie 'Anonymous', it postulates that Sheakspere was actually Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, and the play Richard the III was actually about hunchback Robert Cecil,1st Earl of Salisbury. Absolutely fascinating movie.

    On another note, I read that it's highly likely that most of the bad press on Richard the III was due to revisionist propaganda by the House of Tudor, including the deformities.

    Do you think one day history might humanize W's presidency, like the recent truths bubbling to the surface, and sychronistically his skull, on ol' Richard? Or will W single handily carry this countries shadow till the end of time? I'll bet on the former.

  • Even worse than the revisionist propaganda is Shakespeare's dramatic portrayal of him. But I think the process of his historical rehabilitation has finally turned the corner.

    I don't think many scholars accept De Vere as Shakespeare. But I don;t think that should have any bearing on the movie's merits. Next time it's on cable I'll have to look in on it. I bought a while ago "Shakespeare in Love" and still haven't viewed it. I always wait till the spirit moves me, I guess. Such is my life.

    What "recent truths bubbling to the surface" are you referring to? It's true that history's judgment often differs from the contemporary verdict. Who's know about W. Nonetheless, I'm inclined to disagree with your rosy vision.

  • I meant the recent truths on Richard, or at least mainstream consciousness of them, and I mean nothing of rosy, just human, which is not often rosy, but more often contingent.

    But don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating W as victim, for history must also be interpreted and he hasn't, as of yet, done much to will that in his favor. Though, silence too can be powerful.

    'Muddy water, let stand, becomes clear.' -Lao Tzu

  • My instant reaction was "why did they bury him under a parking lot?"

    Other than that, the early stories is that the skeleton had wounds consistent with being offed in battle, so the stories were not all untrue.

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