Characters unjustifiably beatified
Graham Kirby suggested this list: everyone knows about Richard III, unfairly demonised by Shakespeare, but what about the opposite: characters unjustifiably beatified in fiction?
1. Thomas More, persecutor of Protestants, was hardly the reasonable man of A Man for all Seasons. Graham Kirby’s opening bid. And Thomas Cromwell, More’s rival, was not exactly the tolerant and wise public servant portrayed by Hilary Mantel. Nominated by John Meredith and James Hannam.
2. Richard I. A warrior who spent most of his time abroad and used England as a source of revenue. Gets a good press mainly via the Robin Hood story (いいえ 8). Nominated by Cole Davis, Don Brown London and Adam.
3. King John, as portrayed by AA Milne in Now We Are Six. “While he is admitted to have ‘had his little ways’, he is badly treated by his family and neighbours, when all he needed to make him happy was an india-rubber ball. Further, he is kind enough to send his condolences to the bereaved James James Morrison Morrison,” said Robert Gould.
4. Bonnie and Clyde. Ruthless violent criminals who killed nine police officers and four civilians, so less romantic than as depicted by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Thanks to Conor Downey.
5. The Great Train Robbers, romanticised by Buster with Phil Collins. “A nasty crime in which a railway worker was so badly beaten with a metal bar that he never worked again.” Another from Conor Downey.
6. Gordon Brown. 「「The Deal portrays Brown as a dignified man of substance rather than a sore loser unfit for high office,” said John Fuchs, who also nominated the Queen in 王冠. “I know this nomination will be enormously popular so I’m glad I got in first," 彼が追加した.
7. David Cameron. His autobiography, For the Record, fits the fiction category, according to Robert Boston. "しかしながら, I doubt if it will, in any tangible sense, rescue the former prime minister’s reputation.”
8. Dick Turpin, leading a subcategory of historical or legendary cutthroats, including Rob Roy (romanticised in Rookwood, インクルード 1834 小説) and Robin Hood. Nominated by Allan Holloway, Phil Riley, Rob Jackson and Darren Sugg.
9. Aaron Burr, bad boy of the founding fathers and US vice president 1801-05, presented in a more flattering light as the narrator of Burr, Gore Vidal’s 1973 小説. “Although that light has dimmed again after the musical ハミルトン,” noted Steven Fogel.
10. Richard III. Traduced by Tudor propagandists including Shakespeare, thus inspiring this list of opposites, but he was also heroised by Josephine Tey in A Daughter of Time, as pointed out by Chris Skidmore, Conservative MP and historian, Cole Davis and Stephen Date.
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Coming soon: False details of true events, such as John Stonehouse leaving his clothes on the Miami beach; they were in fact stowed away in a beachside cabana.
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