Now is the parking lot of our discontent: The History Blog's Liveblogging the Richard III announcement is the best of many, many sites and news sources covering this.
"Dearly beloved, we are gathered here at this ungodly hour to find out as soon as humanly possible whether the skeleton discovered underneath a Leicester parking lot can be conclusively identified by a combination of DNA analysis, radiocarbon dating and forensic analysis as the remains of King Richard III."
As Richard III is now:
As Shakespeare had him:
The soliloquy given here by Olivier is an amalgam of a tyrant's thinking taken from sections in both Richard III and Henry the 6th Part III. Still it sounds eerily familar when we dwell on present day proto-tyrants whose sic semper scene is always delayed:
And yet I know not how to get the crown,
For many lives stand between me and home:
.... And from that torment I will free myself,
Or hew my way out with a bloody axe.
Why, I can smile, and murder while I smile,
And cry, 'Content,' to that which grieves my
And wet my cheeks with artificial tears,
And frame my face to all occasions.
.... I’ll play the orator as well as Nestor,
Deceive more slyly than Ulysses could,
And, like a Sinon, take another Troy.
I can add colours to the chameleon,
Change shapes with Proteus for advantages,
And set the murd'rous Machiavel to school.
Can I do this, and cannot get a crown?
Tut! were it further off, I'll pluck it down.
HOME PAGE OF WEBSITE: The Search for Richard III by the University of LeicesterPosted by gerardvanderleun at February 4, 2013 4:45 PM