Why did Shakespeare revile Richard III?

Paulina Kewes considers the sources that William Shakespeare used in his construction of the character of his arch-villain King Richard III

Laurence Olivier plays Richard III in the 1955 film adaptation of Shakespeare's play. In it, the controversial monarch is damned as everything from a "bottled spider" and "lump of foul deformity" to a "poisonous bunch-backed toad". (Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the May 2012 issue of BBC History Magazine 

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