While it was most likely written in 1592 or 1593, William Shakespeare’s Richard III was not entered into London’s Official Register until October 20, 1597. It was probably performed before then, but there are no definitive records regarding the first production.

The Plantagenet Kings were a popular subject for Shakespeare’s history plays, and while Richard III offers an account of the last Plantagenet King, it is one of his earliest history plays. Shakespeare used Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, written in 1577, as his source material--and Holinshed looked to an earlier source, the account

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