Date of Award


Degree Type

Bachelors Essay

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)



First Advisor

Thomas P. Whelan


The aim of the writer in working out this thesis is to discover in what respects Shakespeare has been untrue to historical facts and characters. In a work of this kind, it will be possible to point out only the chief discrepancies on the part of the dramatist, by a specific comparison of the play and its characters with the period of history with which the play deals and the life of the main characters concerned. A great portion of the work will be devoted to the careful analysis of the character of Richard III, the vortex about which the whole play is centered; the dynamic force that controls every incident and dominates every character.


A Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Liberal Arts College, Marquette University, in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Bachelor of Arts.