Tricks of the strong imagination

Immortal shakespeare

When Shakespeare was composing Richard III, he relied heavily on Sir Edmund de Fraude’s memoir The Kinge and I (1488), which was still available during the Bard’s day, in French translation, as Le roi et moi. Richard III trusted very few, so it fell on Sir Edmund (1447–1502) to serve his king as both valet cum butler and second in battle.