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HIST1300: Richard III: The Man and the Myth

Primary Sources for the Historian: An Introduction to Documentary study, 2019/20, Semester 2
Professor Stephen Alford
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue


Primary Sources

Keith Dockray and Peter Hammond, Richard III : from contemporary chronicles, letters & records ISBN: 9781781553138 (pbk.) : £14.99 (Stroud: Fonthill Media, 2013)  

More, Thomas, The history of King Richard III ; and Selections from the English and Latin poems ISBN: 0300019254, ed. Richard S. Sylvester (New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 1976)

Shakespeare, William, Henry VI, Part Three ISBN: 0198123655, ed. Randall Martin (Oxford University Press, 2001)

——— The Tragedy of King Richard III, ed. John Jowett, (Oxford University Press, 2000)

Sutton, Anne F., P. W. Hammond (eds.), The coronation of Richard III : the extant documents ISBN: 0312169795 : 40.00; 0904387852 ((U.K.)) : v (Gloucester: Alan Sutton, 1983)

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 Secondary Sources

Although the following list has been organised by themes in keeping with the structure of the course, many of these sources would be useful for multiple weeks and topics. Some books in the reading list are located in the Richard III Collection, Special Collections. These are marked with two stars (**), reference only, and need to be requested in advance. The final section of this reading list outlines recent television documentaries and film adaptations of primary source material.

Sources and Historiography

**Carson, Annette, Richard III : a small guide to the great debate ISBN: 9780957684003 (Horstead: Imprimis Imprimatur, 2013), pp. 12 - 37    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

**Carson, Annette, Richard III : the maligned king ISBN: 9780750949736 (cased) : £20.00; 0750949732 (cased) : £20.00 (Stroud: History Press, 2008)

Cunningham, Sean, Richard III : a royal enigma ISBN: 1903365457 (Kew: National Archives, 2003)

**Hicks, M. A., Richard III : the man behind the myth ISBN: 1855850737 : £16.99 (London: Collins & Brown, 1991), pp. 69 - 111    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Potter, Jeremy, Good King Richard? : an account of Richard III and his reputation, (London: Constable, 1983)

Brother to the King: Early Accounts of Richard, Duke of Gloucester

(Biographies provide the best accounts of Richard’s early life, so I have included them here. However, it is important to note that they would also be useful more broadly).

Hicks, M. A. Richard III as Duke of Gloucester : a study in character (York: University of York, 1986)

Hipshon, David, Richard III ISBN: 9780415462808 (hardback); 0415462800 (hardback); 9780415462815 (pbk.); 0415462819 (pbk.) (London; New York: Routledge, 2011)

Horrox, Rosemary, Richard III : a study of service ISBN: 0521334284; 0521407265 (pbk) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989)

Hughes, Jonathan, The Religious Life of Richard III: Piety and Prayer in the North of England (Stroud: Sutton, 1997)

Hicks, M. A., Anne Neville : queen to Richard III ISBN: 0752436635 (Brimscombe Port: Tempus, 2006)

Ross, Charles, Richard III (London: Eyre Methuen, 1981), pp. 147-90    

Sutton, Anne F., Livia Visser-Fuchs, Richard III's books : ideal and reality in the life and library of a medieval prince ISBN: 0750914068 (Stroud: Sutton, 1997)

Sutton, Anne F., Livia Visser-Fuchs, The Hours of Richard III ISBN: 0862997798 (Stroud: Alan Sutton, 1990)

**Wilkinson, Josephine, Richard : the young king to be ISBN: 9781848680838 (Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire: Amberley, 2008)

Protector or Usurper?

Edwards, Rhoda, The itinerary of King Richard III, 1483-1485 ISBN: 090489309X (London: Alan Sutton Publishing for the Richard III Society, 1983) Gill, Louise, Richard III and Buckingham's Rebellion (Stroud: Sutton, 1999)

**Hicks, M. A., Edward V : the Prince in the Tower ISBN: 075241996X (Brimscombe Port: Tempus, 2003)

The King of the North: Politics, Patronage and Government

Gillingham, John (ed.), Richard III : a medieval kingship ISBN: 1855851008 (hbk); 1855852039 (pbk) (London: Collins & Brown, 1993)

**Hammond, P. W. (ed.), Richard III : loyalty, lordship and law ISBN: 0948993014 (London: Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, 1986)

Hanbury, H. G., ‘The Legislation of Richard III’, American Journal of Legal History. ISSN: 0002-9319, 6:2 (1962), pp. 95-113

Hicks, M. A., Richard III and his rivals : magnates and their motives in the War of the Roses ISBN: 1852850531 (London: Hambledon, 1991)

Kendall, Paul Murray, The Yorkist Age: Daily Life During the Wars of the Roses (London: Allen & Unwin, 1962)

Kleineke, Hannes, Christian Steer (eds.), The Yorkist age : proceedings of the 2011 Harlaxton Symposium ISBN: 9781907730221 (hbk.) (Donington: Shaun Tyas, and Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, 2013)

Petre, J., Richard III : crown and people ISBN: 0904893111 (London: Richard III Society, 1985)

Pollard, A. J., The worlds of Richard III ISBN: 0752419854 (Stroud, Gloucestershire; Charleston, SC: Tempus, 2001)

Pollard, A. J. (ed.), The North of England in the age of Richard III ISBN: 075090609X (Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1996)

Richmond, Colin F., ‘Identity and Morality: Power and Politics during the Wars of the Roses’, in: Huw Pryce, John Watts (eds.), Power and identity in the Middle Ages : essays in memory of Rees Davies ISBN: 9780199285464 (hbk.) : £60.00; 0199285462 (hbk.) : £60.00 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007)

Rubin, Miri, The hollow crown : a history of Britain in the late Middle Ages ISBN: 071399066x (London: Allen Lane, 2005)

Anne F. Sutton, ‘The Court and its Culture in the Reign of Richard III’, in Richard III : a medieval kingship ISBN: 1855851008 (hbk); 1855852039 (pbk), ed. by John Gillingham (London: Collins & Brown, 1993), pp. 75-92    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Wood, Charles T., Joan of Arc and Richard III : sex, saints, and government in the Middle Ages ISBN: 0195040600; 9780195069518 (pbk) (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988)

The Monster King? (1): The King’s Body

Appleby, Jo, et al., ‘The scoliosis of Richard III, last Plantagenet King of England: diagnosis and clinical significance’, Lancet. ISSN: 0140-6736; 1474-547X, Vol. 383, No. 9932 (31 May 2014), p.1944

Bower, Bruce, ‘Richard III Ate Like a King’, Science News ISSN: 0036-8423, 186:6 (2014), p. 17

Cerasano, S. P., ‘More on Edward Alleyn's "Shakespearean" Portrait of Richard III’, Shakespeare quarterly. ISSN: 0037-3222, Vol. 33, No. 3 (1982), pp. 342-344

Clausen, Christopher, ‘Richard III's Bones and the Glamour of Evil’, Queen's quarterly., 120: 2 (2013) pp. 169-177

Frye, Roland Mushat, ‘The "Shakespearean" Portrait of Richard III in Edward Alleyn's Picture Collection’, Shakespeare quarterly. ISSN: 0037-3222, Vol. 32, No. 3 (1981), pp. 352-354

**Greyfriars Research Team, The bones of a king : Richard III rediscovered ISBN: 9781118783146 (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2015)

Jones, Emyr Wyn, ‘Richard III's Disfigurement: A Medical Postcript’, Folklore., 91:2 (1980), pp. 211-227

Mitchell, Piers D., ‘The Intestinal Parasites of King Richard III’, Lancet. ISSN: 0140-6736; 1474-547X, Vol. 382, No. 9895 (2013), p. 888.

Moulton, Ian Frederick, ‘"A Monster Great Deformed": The Unruly Masculinity of Richard III’, Shakespeare quarterly. ISSN: 0037-3222, 47:3 (1996), pp. 251-268

Schwyzer, Philip, Shakespeare and the Remains of Richard III (EBook - available through library catalogue)

The Monster King? (2): The Fate of the Princes in the Tower

**Ashdown-Hill, John, The Dublin King : the true story of Edward, Earl of Warwick, Lambert Simnel and the 'Princes in the Tower' ISBN: 9780750960342; 0750960345 (Brimscombe Port; History Press, 2015)

Baldwin, David, The lost prince : the survival of Richard of York ISBN: 9780750943352 (hbk.); 0750943351 (hbk.); 9780750943369 (pbk.); 075094336X (pbk.) (Stroud: Sutton, 2007)

**Fields, Bertram, Royal blood : Richard III and the mystery of the Princes ISBN: 0060987383 (pbk.); 9780060987381 (New York, N.Y.: ReganBooks, 2000)

**Hancock, Peter A., Richard III and the murder in the Tower ISBN: 9780752451480 (hbk.); 0752451480 (hbk.) (Brimscombe Port: History Press, 2009)

Horspool, David, Richard III : a ruler and his reputation ISBN: 9781472902993 (hbk.) : £20.00 (London: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2015)

**Pollard, A. J., Richard III and the Princes in the Tower ISBN: 0862996600 (cased); 9780862996604 (cased); 0862999901 (pbk.); 9780862999902 (pbk.); 9780750903547 (pbk.); 0750903546 (pbk.) (Stroud: Sutton, 1991), pp. 115-143    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

**Seward, Desmond, Richard III: England's Black Legend (London: Penguin, 1997)

**Weir, Alison, The Princes in the Tower (London: Folio Society, 1999)

Williamson, Audrey, The Mystery of the Princes (Stroud: Sutton, 2002)

The Battle of Bosworth and the Death of King Richard

Appleby, Jo, et al., ‘Perimortem Trauma in King Richard III: A Skeletal Analysis’, Lancet. ISSN: 0140-6736; 1474-547X, Vol. 385, No. 9964 (17 January 2015), pp. 253–259

**Ashdown-Hill, John, The last days of Richard III ISBN: 9780752454047 (hbk.) : £17.99 (Stroud: History Press, 2010)

Bennett, Michael J., The Battle of Bosworth ISBN: 086299053X (Gloucester: Alan Sutton, 1985)

Foard, Glenn, Bosworth 1485 : a battlefield rediscovered ISBN: 9781782971733 (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013)

Gravett, Christopher, The Battle of Bosworth : last charge of the Plantagenets ISBN: 1841760773 (pbk) (Oxford: Osprey, 1999)

**Hammond, P. W., Richard III and the Bosworth campaign ISBN: 9781844152599 (hbk.); 1844152596 (hbk.) (Barnsley: Pen & Sword Military, 2010)

Jones, Dan, The hollow crown : the Wars of the Roses and the rise of the Tudors ISBN: 9780571288076 (hbk.) : £20.00 (London: Faber and Faber, 2014)

Jones, Michael K., Bosworth 1485 : psychology of a battle ISBN: 0752423347 (Stroud, Gloucestershire: Tempus, 2002)

Tudor Propaganda and Richard’s Legacy

Breen, Dan, ‘Thomas More's "History of Richard III": Genre, Humanism, and Moral Education’, Studies in philology. ISSN: 0039-3738, 107:4 (2010), pp. 465-492

Charnes, Linda, ‘The Monstrous Body in King Richard III’, in Hugh Macrae Richmond (ed.), Critical essays on Shakespeare's Richard III ISBN: 0783804490 (alk. paper) (New York: G.K. Hall, 1999), pp. 273-281    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

Donno, Elizabeth Story, ‘Thomas More and Richard III’, Renaissance quarterly. ISSN: 0034-4338; 1935-0236, 35:3 (1982), pp. 401-447

Hanham, Alison, ‘Honing a History: Thomas More's Revisions of His "Richard III"’, Review of English studies. ISSN: 0034-6551 New Series, 59:239 (2008), pp. 197-218

Hanham, Alison, Richard III and his early historians ISBN: 0198224346 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1975)

Knight, Sarah, Mary Ann Lund, ‘Richard Crookback’, The Times Literary Supplement <>

Leas, Susan E., ‘"Richard III", Shakespeare, and History’, English journal. ISSN: 0013-8274 60:9 (1971), pp. 1214-1216 (+1296)

Lehman, Jeffrey S., ‘Seeing tyranny in More's History of King Richard III’, Moreana. ISSN: 0047-8105; 2398-4961, 50 (2013), pp. 131-57.

Richmond, Hugh Macrae (ed.), Critical essays on Shakespeare's Richard III ISBN: 0783804490 (alk. paper) (New York: G.K. Hall, 1999)

Spivack, Bernard, ‘Richard III and the Vice Tradition’, in Hugh Macrae Richmond (ed.), Critical essays on Shakespeare's Richard III ISBN: 0783804490 (alk. paper) (New York: G.K. Hall, 1999), pp. 50-57    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

The Road to Leicester

**Breverton, Terry, Richard III: The King in the Car Park (Stroud: Amberley, 2013)

**Langley, Philippa, Michael Jones, The King's grave : the search for Richard III ISBN: 9781848548909 (London: John Murray, 2013), pp.166-183    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

**Licence, Amy, Richard III : the road to Leicester ISBN: 9781445621753 (pbk.); 1445621754 (pbk.); 9781445621906 (ebook); 1445621908 (ebook) (Stroud: Amberley, 2014)

**Morris, Mathew, Richard Buckley, Richard III : the king under the car park : the story of the search for England's last Plantagenet king ISBN: 9780957479227; 0957479220 (Leicester: University of Leicester Archaeological Services, 2013)

**Pitts, Michael W., Digging for Richard III : how archaeology found the King ISBN: 9780500252000 (hbk.) : £18.95 (London: Thames & Hudson, 2014), pp. 56-76    Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

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Secondary Sources: TV & Film

  • - Fact or fiction? : Richard III. (London: BUFVC, 2016) - Laidlaw High Demand, Video Modern History FAC DVDr video
  • - Olivier, Laurence (dir.), Richard III [videorecording]. Special ed. (London: Network, 2006) - Laidlaw High Demand, Video Television RIC DVD Video
  • - Richard III: The King in the Carpark (Channel 4, 2013) <>   
  • - Richard III: The New Evidence (Channel 4, 2014) <> 
  • - Richard III: The Princes in the Tower (Chanel 4, 2015) <> 
  • - Richard III: The Reburial (Channel 4, 2015) <> (Scroll down to the bottom of this page for short clips of interviews, the ceremony and public reaction).
  • - Terry Jones' medieval lives. (The king) (London: BUFVC, 2016) - Laidlaw High Demand, Modern History MED DVDr Video
  • - The Hollow Crown: Richard III (BBC2, 2016) <> (Log into ‘Box of Broadcasts’ via the library catalogue and search for ‘The Hollow Crown: Richard III)

This list was last updated on 19/12/2017