Richard III; Martyr or Monster? The Shocking Truth behind Shakespeare's Bloody Tyrant

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He lived and died over 500 years ago, but today Richard III is still one of the most controversial kings in the long history of England. His story encompasses legends of intrigue, murder, war and treachery. The real king died in battle on the field of Bosworth fighting in vain against Henry Tudor, father of Henry VIII, but Richard s story was embroidered by the great William Shakespeare who, in his most controversial history play, re-told the story with Richard in the role of the hunchbacked tyrant who slaughtered his way to the throne. The murder of the young princes in the Tower Of London is one of the most famous scenes from Shakespeare, but today there is a strong revisionist school of historians who view Richard III in an altogether different light: as an enlightened monarch who established justice for the poor and laid the foundations for modern government. This powerful new film written and presented by Emmy Award winning Historian Bob Carruthers retraces the life of the King based on the surviving historical record, reveals the true man behind Shakespeare s villain, and exposes the extent to which Shakespeare bent the truth in order to please his own Tudor monarch. Featuring incisive interviews with leading historians and authorities on Shakespeare, specially filmed sequences from the play and highly accurate historical reconstructions, this authoritative film is the key to one of history's greatest mysteries.

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