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Excerpt: "Richard III's Bodies from Medieval England to Modernity"
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Excerpt: "Richard III's Bodies from Medieval England to Modernity"

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The disabled body of Richard III, a historical English king and one of Shakespeare’s most iconic villains, is the focus of a recent book by Jeffrey R. Wilson.

“They do me wrong”: Reputation, Richard III, and The Lost King
Man wearing a crown and dressed in a royal robe sitting on a bench next to a woman dressed in modern clothing
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“They do me wrong”: Reputation, Richard III, and The Lost King

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Austin Tichenor

Shakespeare’s play Richard III turns real people into fictional villains, as does a new movie about the search for Richard III’s remains, writes Austin Tichenor.

Folger Finds: Edwin Booth's royal tunic
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Folger Finds: Edwin Booth's royal tunic

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Esther Ferington
Marking the anniversary of actor Edwin Booth's birth on November 13, 1833, we explore a stunning historical costume from the Folger collection: an embroidered-velvet tunic that Booth wore onstage as King Richard III.
Richard III: My kingdom for a horse
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Richard III: My kingdom for a horse

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"My kingdom for a horse!" A titanic villain in Shakespeare's history plays, Richard III departs the stage and this life at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Mark the battle's anniversary with these posts and podcast episodes.
Richard III and disability: Excerpt - "Unfixable Forms" by Katherine Schaap Williams
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Richard III and disability: Excerpt - "Unfixable Forms" by Katherine Schaap Williams

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What did Richard III and his disability represent to Shakespeare’s original audiences? And how has this Shakespeare villain shaped the field of early modern disability studies today? Katherine Schaap Williams takes a closer look at these questions in the below…

How to control dreams and avoid nightmares… and the ghost visitations in ‘Richard III’
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How to control dreams and avoid nightmares… and the ghost visitations in ‘Richard III’

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  Richard III, act 5 scene 3, in the tent, Richard asleep, ghosts of persons he had murdered. Painted by J. Opie, R.A. ; engraved by W. Sharp. Published 1794. Folger Shakespeare Library. Nightmares and ominous dreams are used to…

"Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen": Hedgehogs in Shakespeare's plays and the early modern imagination
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"Thorny hedgehogs, be not seen": Hedgehogs in Shakespeare's plays and the early modern imagination

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Haylie Swenson

Edward Topsell. The historie of foure-footed beastes. 1607. FOLGER STC 24123 copy 1 While the global population of European hedgehogs (Erinaceus europaeus) is stable, their numbers have been rapidly declining in the UK for decades, especially in rural areas. This…

Richard III: Taffety Punk's Bootleg Shakespeare
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Richard III: Taffety Punk's Bootleg Shakespeare

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Kimberly Gilbert as Richard III. Photo by Brittany Diliberto. Bootleg Shakespeare is not your typical night at the theater: The actors show up on the day of the performance with only their lines memorized; after a few hours of rehearsals,…

Drawing Shakespeare: Richard III
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Drawing Shakespeare: Richard III

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Paul Glenshaw
Artist Paul Glenshaw writes about drawing the bas-relief of Richard III by sculptor John Gregory on the front of the Folger Shakespeare Library building.
In the Giving Vein: The Pop-Cultural Legacy of Olivier's Richard III
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In the Giving Vein: The Pop-Cultural Legacy of Olivier's Richard III

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Austin Tichenor
With a US audience of tens of millions in its TV release at the same time it was released in American theaters, Laurence Olivier's film "Richard III" (1955) has left a lasting, sometimes hilarious, legacy in pop culture, from Peter Sellers's lofty and amusing reading of the Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night" in Olivier's style to modern-day TV villains who speak directly to the camera and win us to their side.
An edition of Richard III "adapted for amateurs"
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An edition of Richard III "adapted for amateurs"

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Sarah Hovde
Black actor J.A. Arneaux starred as the title character in the Astor Place Company's production of Richard III and published his own 19th-century edition.
Richard III's dagger
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Richard III's dagger

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Richard (Drew Cortese) and the Duke of York (Remy Brettell) in Richard III, directed by Robert Richmond, Folger Theatre, 2014. Photo by Teresa Wood. This is an excerpt from Yale professor Joseph Roach’s talk for the Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture Series…

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