Episode 68 Shakespeare at the Cinema Part 2: Richard III (1955). Laurence Olivier’s Richard III is renowned for portraying King Richard as a Machiavellian conspirator, reveling in his villainy and driven by personal ambition. To take as objective a view as possible, HbH is joined by a proper expert; author of historical fiction and host of The Wars of the Roses Podcasts, Derek Birks. Derek will lead us through the complex series of conflicts and alliances that saw the climax of the Wars of the Roses.
Here is a link to Derek Birks’ own website; it will open on the podcast page but you can also find links to Derek’s superb books through the tabs at the top of the page. I thoroughly recommend both the podcast series and the novels:
And here is the link to Derek’s author page on Amazon (I’ve used the US site as that’s where the majority of our listeners live but you can easily search in the UK site too):
And a huge HbH thank you to Derek for giving us his time and expertise for this show.
And finally, here’s a link to the TV documentary about the finding of Richard’s body in a car park in Leicester, courtesy of YouTube: