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Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle [Kindle Edition]

Michael Jones
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In 1485 the Battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses: the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle; and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years.

Michael Jones co-author of The King's Grave: The Search for Richard III rewrites this landmark event in English history. He shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and puts Richard firmly back into the context of his family and his times.

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Splendid . . . a very exciting re-interpretation of the battle which totally transforms our understanding of what actually happened on that fateful day (Professor A. J. Pollard)

An extraordinary shift . . . puts this key English battle over the county line (Guardian)

Insightful and rich study of the battle of Bosworth . . . no longer need Richard play the villain (Times Literary Supplement)

An entirely new analysis of Bosworth . . . a lively read (BBC History Magazine)

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The historic battle upon which the future of England, as we know it, swung

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 7850 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I just couldn't put this book down! 19 Sept. 2007
This absolutely blew me away. Hallelujah! An historian who actually goes out and looks for new documentation on this most fascinating of periods and doesn't simply re-peddle all of the old arguments. I hope that this work inspires young historians. This book is written in a wholly captivating style, bringing the period of the Wars of the Roses and the enigma that is Richard III vividly to life. Dr Jones gives us what could be the real man and answers many of the questions that have perplexed. His research is beautifully detailed, his arguments conscise and engaging. This is the standard to attain.
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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful
This is more than a book about a battle. Bosworth 1485 - The Psychology of a Battle offers a completely new perspective on that period of English history we know as The Wars of the Roses. It is a challenge to long held assumptions and introduces valuable new contemporary source material. In my view it is the most important book on the subject to appear for many years and will be the yardstick for future debates about this period.
The central figure is Richard III, the most controversial of English Kings. Since his death on the 22nd August 1485 the King's reputation has see-sawed between extremes - Shakespeare's villain on the one side and an unblemished paragon on the other. The truth of course lies somewhere in-between.
Michael Jones' book enables us to place and judge Richard III not only in the context of his own time, but also in the context of his own family - The House of York. He provides arguments and evidence to suggest the possibility that there was something rotten at the heart of this family. It was a rottenness that Richard III, Hamlet-like, tried to remedy. The overthrow of his nephew Edward V, the elder of the two 'Princes in the Tower', an act prompted more by family duty than personal ambition.
Of the battle itself we have not only a new location but also a wholly new way of interpreting the manoeuvres and motivation of the combatants. Contrary to popular belief Richard III had an honourable cause to fight for at Bosworth and this he successfully communicated to his army who remained loyal to the end. Richard's heroic death and defeat was due more to bad luck than betrayal. And therein lies the true tragedy of Richard III.
To anyone with an interest in Richard III and Yorkist England the message from this review is a simple one. Read it.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A revelation! 19 May 2003
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Having read dozens of books on Richard, Henry VII and the wars of the Roses a number of questions had bothered me, some for years. This astonishing book has answered them all. The Richard who emerges from these pages is, I suppose, the man all Ricardians wanted to believe he was, and now the evidence is there to support what was previously regarded as "crackpot" history. The book explores fascinating new angles, refers to relatively new or unfamiliar sources and presents an interpretation so novel, so radical that the reader can only sit up and cry "Eureka!". I have never considered this of a "text" book before, but this one is "unputdownable".
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars most excellan history 27 July 2012
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purchased this product on the basis that I am interested in all things related to Richard III and his era, and on the strength of the on line reviews and IT DID NOT disappoint a really excellent little book that is thoughtful and thought provoking a good read as well as good history recommended .
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Son of Time - A must for all ricardians 4 Mar. 2007
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Like many people with a basic secondary education my opinion of Richard was coloured by the likes of Shakespear and Thomas More, however last year I began to read more about the period and found myself drawn towards the Yorkist side despite my opinion that Richard killed or had killed the princes in the tower.

This book is nothing short of brilliant, the suppesitions are well thought out and any conjection is backed with compelling evidence. in addition this is the first book i've read that doesn't automatically place the battle around Ambion Hill.

If your interested in Richard the Third or The Cousins War then this book is a must
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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It is that rarity a genuinely original study of Richard III that avoids all the tired old cliches about the king's character to place him the context of his family and his time. In particular it explains how Edward IV clandestine marriage to Elizabeth Woodville became the catalyst for the disastrous implosion of the House of York. In the midst of this maelstrom Richard emerges as a man driven to act as much by the need restore the honour of his family as by personal ambition. The author bolsters his argument not only by examining new evidence but by also shifting the light to show how much of the truth about Richard's reign can actually be extracted from the evidence of Tudor propagandists and ministers such as More and Cromwell who were paid to denigrate him. I particularly liked the way Dr Jones shows how Shakespeare may have lifted many of the supposed events of the Battle of Bosworth from the descriptions the medieval cause celebre the Battle of Courtrai which had happened in 1302 over 183 years earlier. At a stroke he exposes how the Tudor account of Richard was more literary artifice than reality. I would strongly recommend this book to both students of history and lay readers who wish to understand Richard III and his world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal work
Rich with detail and beautifully written.
Published 4 months ago by zoggg
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Published 4 months ago by mr a d hembrow
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Published 5 months ago by Robert
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Easy to read but some very doubtful interpretations on Richard's charcter and historical events
Published 6 months ago by Patricia Rice-Jones
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Published 6 months ago by Stephanie Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book a riveting read
Brilliant book a riveting read.I would recommend this author to any history buff.Money well spent.I can see myself dipping into this treasure of a book again and again.
Published 10 months ago by stephen paul copping
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Published 10 months ago by visser dirk
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read!
Lots of challenges to the usual way Richard III is portrayed and bit of a slamming for Shakespeare (given Shakespeares Time you can hardly blame him for the famous portrayal we all... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ieshia Domir
2.0 out of 5 stars Flawed
This book started out being pretty interesting. I'm open to debate about the character and events of Richard and his reign. Unfortunately Michael Jones isn't. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. P. B. Saddington
5.0 out of 5 stars Convincing and credible
As a Ricardian, I like to think that Richard III did not kill the Princes in the Tower, but had them spirited away somewhere to safety. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. J. R. Larner
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