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The Life and Death of Richard III

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One of five Shakespeare works based on the real-life

War of the Roses (including Henry VI Part I, Henry VI

Part II, Henry VI Part III, and Richard II), Richard III is

classified as a history play although it is rife with

tragedy. Several previously published works served

as sources for this play including: The Chronicles of

England, Scotland, and Ireland (Holinshed’s Chronicles) (Raphael Holinshed), The Union of Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancastre and York (Edward Hall), and The History of King Richard the Thirde (Sir Thomas More).

The Life and Death of Richard III


Written about 1592