Works of art and literature being used to forward a specific agenda is nothing new. In fact, even the great bard took part in this practice. The best example of this is his play Richard III which centers on the evil title character, chronicling his rise and fall from power.
Set during the final years of the Wars of the Roses, it basically shows how King Richard III’s so-called wicked reign set England towards one of its darkest periods. However, by the end of the play, we see order, peace, and prosperity restored with King Henry VII’s reign.
The play was written when Queen Elizabeth I was on the throne. If you were not aware, Elizabeth I was a member of the House of Tudor. Her grandfather was Henry, Earl of Richmond who would later become King Henry VII. He would earn this title after deposing Richard III off the throne. His ascent to power would establish the Tudor dynasty.
The play shows what many historians refer to as the Tudor myth. The play forwards the legitimacy of the reigning noble house while also vilifying its rivals.