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Shakespeare? Tudor propaganda? How about some Yorkist propaganda instead….?

The Tudors were past masters with propaganda, and there just wasn’t much of it being used against them. So how about we expunge them from history? How about we produce proof that Richard III was the victor at Bosworth….? Good idea, I think! You saw it here first, folks – and just to make sure there is no doubt, here is a photograph of Richard III’s 1485 Christmas address. It was the first of many, many more.

And what triggered the above sentiments? Well, it is this book Not because of its opinion of President Trump, but because of its analysis of how and why Shakespeare depicted the history of his, Shakespeare’s, England. And why certain kings, disapproved of by the Tudor regime, were subjected to vicious and vile propaganda in order to lessen their claims and reinforce what legitimacy the Tudors and Lancastrians had. Which was very little. The House of Tudor became legitimate in the end, simply because possession is nine tenths of the law, not because they had always had the right to the throne.

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2 thoughts on “Shakespeare? Tudor propaganda? How about some Yorkist propaganda instead….?

  1. hoodedman1 on said:

    I was thinking the other day about how Edward IV has been portrayed in Shakespeare. Almost as a non-entity, really. He gets a lot of lines in Henry VI part 2 but he doesn’t get a whole play for himself, lol. In Richard III he really seems weak and unbelievable.

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  2. We should always remember that Shakspeare had to portray Richard III as a villain, it was safe for him to do so under Tudor England. I think deep down he liked and admired Richard III but could not say so loudly for fear of losing his head.

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