Richard III(2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485)was King of England from 1483 until his death in 1485, at the age of 32, in the Battle of Bosworth Field. He was the last king of the House of York and the last of the Plantagenet dynasty. His defeat at Bosworth Field, the last decisive battle of the Wars of the Roses, marked the end of the Middle Ages in England.
He put his arms about me and kissed me tenderly. ‘Anne, you are so young. You will grow up…with me beside you. It is what I have always wanted. Even in those days at Middleham I loved you…I looked for you. I wanted your admiration. I always wanted to do the things that were hard for me, to make you proud of me.’ - The Reluctant Queen
“Poor painted queen, vain flourish of my fortune! Why strew'st thou sugar on that bottled spider, Whose deadly web ensnareth thee about? Fool, fool! thou whet'st a knife to kill thyself. The time will come when thou shalt wish for me To help thee curse that poisonous bunchback’d toad.”
Costume sketches for Maggie Smith during her four seasons at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada (1976 - 1980). First row: Judith Bliss in Hay Fever. Second row: Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra. Third row: Masha in Three Sisters. Fourth row: Millamant in The Way of the World, and Queen Elizabeth in Richard III.