In 1986, David Baldwin boldly predicted that the remains of Richard III would be discovered sometime in the 21st century. His prophecy was vindicated on 4th February 2013 when the University of Leicester held a press conference to announce that the skeleton which had been uncovered beneath the Leicester Social Services car park was that of England's last Plantagenet king.
In the introduction to his work, Baldwin asks what he can possibly add to the previously published work of Paul Murray Kendall whose brilliant biography had already set down all that we know of this much maligned king from the available historical records. When I bought this book, I was asking myself the same question. There is no doubt that the two authors sit firmly on the Ricardian side of the fence in the debate with the Tudor portrayal of Richard's character but Baldwin takes a slightly more academic approach. He points out several instances where Kendall has described events which are the result of his own interpretation rather than established fact. Baldwin does not shy away from the grimier side of Richard's character and, in all, he presents a more balanced view.
For anyone who is interested in the medieval history and the fascinating character of Richard III, this is a definitive work which takes a narrative approach and is very easy to read.