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Facts in Richard III

Facts Examples in Richard III:

Act V - Act V, Scene 4

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"my kingdom for a horse!..."   (Act V - Act V, Scene 4)

The arrogant and pathetic hunchbacked King Richard III refuses to withdraw, even though his horse has died. Even during Shakespeare's lifetime, the line "my kingdom for a horse!" was parodied for its melodrama. For example, satirist John Marston (a contemporary of Shakespeare) frequently imitated the line: "A boat, a boat, a boat, a full hundred marks for a boat!"

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