Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485)
Must see TV - the Richard the III documentary last night on Channel 4, Richard III: the King in the Car Park.
In light of the success of the documentary which followed the discovery of the unearthed remains of the last Plantagenet king, we have a clip of the introduction of the Trial of Kind Richard the Third made in 1984. The whole trial is availalbe to watch online:
"The charge is that King Richard III did, in or about the month of august, 1483, in the Tower of London, murder Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince Richard, Duke of York.
King Richard III stands indicted at the bar of history. In this unique work the members of the jury have been invited to deliver their verdict on a matter whch has been the subject of fierce controversy and dispute for over 500 years: whether or not King Richard III was responsible for the alleged murder of the two young princes. He himself was killed on the battlefield of Bosworth in 1485 and so is beyond the power and jurisdiction of this or any other human court. The task of the jury is, therefore, to pass historical judgement upon him. Their verdict will stimulate rather than terminate the controversy that has surrounded the deaths of the princes."
Posted by Sally Peat at 14:01