I knew absolutely nothing about Richard III before I listened to the Arkangel CD
. About halfway through the second scene I said to myself, "man, this guy is a real Dick." Shakespeare spent the next four acts hammering home the point: Richard III was not nice.
So naturally any time something is generally known
to be true, a whole cottage industry arises to argue it's not
...the king is shown facilitating the deaths of King Henry VI and his son Prince Edward; of Richard's brother George, Duke of Clarence... of the Second Duke of Buckingham; of Richard's own wife, Anne Neville; and especially of the Princes in the Tower of London, the 12-year-old King Edward V and his 9-year-old brother Richard, Duke of York. ...yet there is absolutely no evidence that Richard was guilty of any of it.
No direct evidence, maybe, but plenty of circumstantial
Years of contrarianism have left me contra-contrarian. Whenever everyone starts to argue that the facts are just too tidy, I start to wonder if the facts aren't, in fact, just tidy enough. Maybe the simplest answer is
correct. Maybe Richard really was