Firstly, Hunt explains to his readers the history of bastardry throughout the Tudor dynasty so that it is clear how the content of King Richard III reflected Tudor bastardry and why this was a potential risk for Shakespeare. He begins with John Beaufort the Earl of Somerset, who was Henry VII 's great grandfather who was declared a bastard . He then goes on to Henry VII 's grandfather Owen Tudor who fell in love with Catharine of Valois (the widow of Henry V). They had three children, Edmund, Jasper and Owen, however his sources show that Owen and Catharine may in fact never have been...
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... Henry Tudor and his dynasty to come if he were to succeed him (Richard). Hunt goes into great depth and explores the meanings in great detail and without bias of opinion and sticks to straight historical facts in this section of his article, thus making a very convincing case for a very possible reason for the missing lines in 1597 Quarto of King Richard III.
In conclusion, even though there is no confident proof for the first performance of Shakespeare 's King Richard III to have been playing during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I or that she even saw it at all, Hunt makes very clear and convincing arguments for his belief that she was indeed present and why Shakespeare took a great risk in writing and performing a play for her and her subjects underlining hers and her family 's history and constant battle of bastardry and legitimizing their claims to the throne.
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