"Henry VI Part III" is the third of William Shakespeare's plays set during the lifetime of King Henry VI of England, and prepares the ground for one of his best-known and most controversial plays: "the tragedy of King Richard III" (Richard III of England). It follows on from "Henry VI, part 1" and "Henry VI, part 2".
William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was born to John Shakespeare and mother Mary Arden some time in late April 1564 in Stratford-upon-Avon. He wrote about 38 plays (the precise number is uncertain), a collection of sonnets and a variety of other poems. Gillian Day is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Birmingham Stanley Wells is Emeritus Professor of the University of Birmingham and Chairman of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.