Education: Poor Richard

"I,'that have neither pity, love, nor fear," is the way Shakespeare has England's King Richard III describe himself. For almost 500 years, the world has pictured the last of the Plantagenets as one of history's arch villains: a homicidal ("I can smile, and murder while I smile"), deformed ("an envious mountain on my back . . .") schemer who usurped the throne and foully murdered the boy princes in the Tower in 1483.

No wonder that a lot of people were surprised recently to read in the "In Memoriam" columns of the august London Times...

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