Those who campaigned for
the statue would probably have agreed with your choice -
they even kept Richard's face hidden behind a knee! Shakespeare cast Richard III
as the villainous king in a play about a divided England
- and famously made him into a hunchback.
His lasting reputation for evil is rather unfair, but it
still defines him today. Meanwhile, both Henry V and Elizabeth
I were considered virtuous monarchs.
Richard's presence was a reminder about what people could
expect from a bad ruler. It was also a warning to the government,
pointing out how people might feel about its actions.