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  1. Richard III is a play by William Shakespeare. It was probably written c. 1592–1594. It is labelled a history in the First Folio, and is usually considered one, but it is sometimes called a tragedy, as in the quarto edition. Richard III concludes Shakespeare's first tetralogy (also containing Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI ...

  2. Jul 31, 2015 · Richard III. Download. Cite. Last updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015. Synopsis: As Richard III opens, Richard is Duke of Gloucester and his brother, Edward IV, is king. Richard is eager to clear his way to the crown. He manipulates Edward into imprisoning their brother, Clarence, and then has Clarence murdered in the Tower.

  3. Richard III Summary. Jealous and crippled, Richard of Gloucester wants to be King of England and uses manipulation and deceit to achieve his goal. He murders his brothers, nephews, and any opposition to become King Richard III. In the end, Henry of Richmond raises an army, kills Richard in battle, and becomes King Henry VII.

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  5. Oct 7, 2020 · Richard III: short plot summary. After the various battles and power struggles documented in the three Henry VI plays, this ‘winter of discontent’ has given way to a ‘glorious summer’ with Edward, of the royal house of York, ruling securely as King of England. However, one man isn’t happy: Edward’s brother, Richard, Duke of Gloucester.

  6. Richard III, formerly duke of Gloucester, son of Richard Plantagenet, duke of York, in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part 2 and Henry VI, Part 3; later king of England in Richard III. One of Shakespeare’s finest creations, the physically deformed Richard is among the earliest and most vivid of the playwright’s sympathetic villains. In his plot ...

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  7. Overview. Richard III by William Shakespeare, likely written around 1592-1594, is a historical tragedy that dramatizes the rise and fall of Richard III, the infamous Duke of Gloucester. Set in England during the English civil war known as the Wars of the Roses, the play follows Richard’s ruthless and Machiavellian quest for power, marked by ...

  8. Mar 21, 2024 · Richard III is the last in a sequence of four history plays (the others being Henry VI, Part 1, Henry VI, Part 2, and Henry VI, Part 3) known collectively as the “first tetralogy,” treating major events of English history during the late 14th and early 15th centuries. For the events of the play, Shakespeare relied mainly on the chronicles ...

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