by The Reverend Dr. Britt Minshall
King Richard lll of England (1452 – 1485 / king 1483 – 85) wasn’t like our royals today. He was a vicious tyrant. Like Jack Cade of, last weeks newsletter, he too was featured in Shakespeare’s Henry Vl, this time as a character with Macbeth. Do remember: like Cade, Shakespeare featured REAL people and REAL situations in his writings(*).
Richard was an infamous law breaker, took pleasure in inflicting pain and featured a compulsive desire to dominate. Interestingly, like many Tyrants had a BIG urge toward sexual conquest and a pathological desire to control others.
He divided the world into losers and winners; winners are define as those who serve and agree with him. All sounds familiar to me?
Greenblatt, our book’s author, takes a shot at Richard’s hidden psyche, pointing out that while he thought of himself as ugly, his traits in behavior (conquest, grabbing the ladies, and demanding obedience pointed to a man” tormented by his own ugliness”. “Those around him secretly came to perceive something as seriously wrong with Richard’s mind.”
Greenblatt does a great job at categorizing Richard’s followers, something I have spent much ink on in examining our current tyrant’s “rulership.”
Richards’s followers are grouped as follows:
- Blind acceptance of his claims. These, as today, are mainly children, and old ladies, both who rarely investigate reality. They become the true victims and blind supporters.
- Public Avoidance. People who are afraid to accept but take great effort NOT to voice what they see as harmful out of fear.
- Deniers. Folks who recognize tyrants for their lies and horrors, but hope they will all go away “if I don’t challenge them!”
- Somebody else will stop him. These folks hate unpleasantness and believe “there will always be enough adults …who ensure that the promises will be kept.
- The “coat-tailers.” These sinister actors are always present. While generally hating the tyrant, they none-the-less support him to fulfill THEIR agenda. Today, think of “Mitch and Ryan” who join the ranks of Goebbels, Himmler and A. Spears.
- The motley cowards. Those bureaucrats who are seeking notoriety or power or perhaps just cash, who blindly carryout his orders toward their own end. The HELL with the country, other’s well-being or sheer goodness.
These personalities ALWAYS gather and are led to support a tyrant, that’s where tyrants get their power and are able to cause such havoc.
In March 2018, Archaeologist at Leicester, England, in a Cathedral Church parking lot, found the formerly unmarked grave of Richard lll, the last Plantagenet King, where he had been buried and forgotten for 500-YEARS by a hate filled mob.
His body was stabbed about the buttocks and back and his head bashed in; a long way from his paid crowds who used to stand in the street, yelling on command: “Long live Richard, England’s worthy King!” Amen (his mother called him a monster).
The headlines in 2018 hailed the discovery of Richard as “A DEAD MAN found on A DEAD HORSE” under the parking lot of old Grey Friars Church. A fitting end for any TYRANT – For God’s Sake.
(*) Greenblatt, Stephen. TYRANT, Shakespeare on Politics. NY: W.W. Norton and Company, 2018. “Truly one of finest small books ever penned”: B. Minshall, Renaissance Institute.