Thomas More

Sir Thomas More and his
The History of King Richard III

Much of the traditional account of the evil Richard III is based on this work, and Sir Thomas More’s reputation as a saint and martyr has had a pronounced effect on the history’s acceptance. Here are a hypertext edition of More’s History plus pro- and anti-More evaluations.

  • The History of King Richard III
    HTML version (188 KB file) of the 1557 English-language Rastell edition of More’s work, prepared by Richard Bear at the University of Oregon and mirrored here by his kind permission. [Students please note: the current standard scholarly edition of More’s History is The Complete Works of St. Thomas More, Volume 2: The History of King Richard III, ed. Richard Sylvester. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1963. ISBN 0-300-09844-4. You are strongly encouraged to consult the Yale edition if writing a paper drawing heavily on this source.]
  • A Ricardian View of More 
    Two chapters reacting to More’s History, from Good King Richard? An Account of Richard III and his Reputation by Jeremy Potter, former chairman of the Richard III Society.


  • Richard Marius on More’s History
    A chapter from Richard Marius’ biography, Thomas More Alfred A. Knopf, 1984), analyzing More’s History of King Richard the Third in the context of More’s life and work. Marius was the editor of several volumes of the Yale Edition of the Complete Works of St. Thomas More.