Richard II: “I find myself a traitor”

As the World Shakespeare Festival gets under way, Dan Jones explains how the bard's Richard II was remarkably true to life

Richard II, led captive by Henry Bolingbroke (later Henry IV), renounces the throne in Jean Creton's 'Histoire du Roy d'Angleterre Richard II' (1401-05). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the April 2012 edition of BBC History Magazine

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