Richard III is such a interesting play, it drove me insane when reading it, mostly because of the family dynamics. The character Richard, is so dead set on becoming king, that he will literally do anything to achieve his goal and become king. It’s actually kind of terrifying to think that someone would willingly go to such extremes to become a King. After killing Lady Anne’s husband, and Father-in-law, Richard decides that he must marry Lady Anne if he wants any sort of chance in becoming King. He finds it totally acceptable to kill a woman’s husband, and then smooth talk his way into marrying her. But then to make matters for him even more unacceptable, he realizes that his brother, who is currently the King, dies. And Clarence the other brother who would achieve the throne is out of the picture, Richard is temporarily crowned King.
He would be King until one of Edward’s sons, Edward prince of Wales, and Richard Duke of York were old enough. So in Richard’s deranged mind, he ever so casually decides that his nephews, the princes, must be killed. So, he hires someone to kill them. What kind of leader is this? I would certainly be afraid to live in a time where the “King” would kill his way to the top, especially if that means destroying his own blood! Shortly after the princes are murdered, Richard knows there is only one thing standing in his way, of “officially” being King. He needs to marry Edward’s daughter, Elizabeth, his niece! This way, he can ensure himself that no one else can steal this from him. If Elizabeth were to marry someone else of the right lineage, they could have a baby boy, and that boy would have the rightful heir to the throne, and again Richard would be shit out of luck.
Now, as screwed up as all of this is, I completely understand why Richard does this. I don’t understand his brain what so ever, but I understand that he is just trying to do what he has to do in order to be King. Do I think everything he is doing is wrong, sick, and disgusting? ABSOLUTELY. I think Richard III is an absolute selfish pig, but it did make me wonder if any other King has fought, and killed his way to the top. So I tried to do some light research to attempt to find this out. But, I wasn’t sure how to search it online. So, unfortunately I found out nothing, but that doesn’t mean that this didn’t happen often. The men during this time, are all portrayed as barbaric, so it wouldn’t shock me in the slightest if a brother betrayed his family, murdered everyone in his way just to be the King. Part of me wishes that I could be a therapist during the time of Richard III’s life, so that I could ask him” what the hell was he thinking!!?”