The great thing about Pub Quiz trivia is that you don’t need to be a scholar on any every single topic. All you need to know are the basics. If you know just a little bit about a lot of stuff, you’re sure to take home those weekly bar dollars.
So here it is: considering the news he’s making this week, today’s Pub Trivia Prep 101 is about Richard III. So on your next trivia night, if they ask a question about the original Tricky Dick, you’ll be looking sharp with this knowledge at your disposal.
- Richard III was the last of the Plantagenet and Yorkist kings of England
- His title before his ascension to the English throne was the Duke of Gloucester
- Following the death of his brother, Edward IV, Richard usurped the throne of his 12 year old nephew Edward V in 1483 (He also allegedly trapped Edward V and his brother in the Tower of London and murdered them)
- Richard perished in defeat to Henry Tudor (eventually Henry VII) at the Battle of Bosworth Field, making the end of the Wars of the Roses
- Richard III (1592) is William Shakespeare’s second longest play after Hamlet, and opens with the line “Now is the winter of our discontent”
- He was portrayed on the big screen by the likes of Ian McKellan (1995), Lawrence Olivier (1955) and Vincent Price (1962)
- “He was generally depicted as the worst and most wicked of kings”
Source: Encyclopedia Britannica (part of my new years resolution to not rely so much on Wikipedia)