Definition of Richard III from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


Richard III

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an early play (c. 1592) by William Shakespeare. It presents King Richard III of England as a cruel and violent man who murders several people to become king, and is killed at the battle of Bosworth Field. During the battle Richard is forced to fight on foot, and shouts the famous line: ‘A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse!’ At the start of the play he delivers the famous speech that begins:
Now is the winter of our discontentMade glorious summer by this sun of York.