The story of King Richard III and his reputation provides a perfect case study of the eternal battle (still on-going) between truth and propaganda, between fact and fiction. “Facts” interpreted differently by advocates or enemies become “evidence” for completely contradictory conclusions about the man himself. “Just the facts” will be the focus of this lecture. Questions to consider: How do we know what we think we know? What is truth? Is history truth? Or perspective?
Arlene Okerlund, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of English at San Jose State University, specializes in Shakespeare and in Medieval/Renaissance studies. She twice taught in SJSU’s Semester-Abroad-in England where she loved studying Shakespeare and English history on site. During retirement, she has published biographies of England’s first Yorkist queen, Elizabeth Wydeville, in Elizabeth: England’s Slandered Queen, and the first Tudor queen (mother of Henry VIII), in Elizabeth of York.