The History of King Richard III and Selections from the English and Latin Poems (Selected Works of St. Thomas More Series)


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This volume is the third to appear in the modernized series of Selected Works of St. Thomas More, a series designed to make available to the general reader works which have already appeared or are about to appear in the Yale Edition of the Complete Works.

The History of King Richard III is preceded by a brief introduction which offers a succinct estimate of Mores achievement and indicates the important part that his work played in shaping the popular portrait of the last Yorkist king. The conventional view of Richard III in English history is essentially Mores; it was his narrative that provided Shakespeare with both plot and inspiration for his Tradgedy of Richard III. In addition, Mores History is a landmark in the development of sixteenth-century prose and a remarkable witness to what the new humanist history could accomplish.

This volume is rounded out by a fine selection of Mores English and Latin poems. Mores early English poems A Mery Gest, Pageant Verses, A Rueful Lamentation, Lewis the Lost Lover, and Davey the Dicer are presented in their original spelling; the selections from the Latin epigrams, about fifty poems in all, are given in English translation. Full annotations and an extensive bibliography are provided for both the History and the English and Latin poems.

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