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on 26 May 2013
If you want a very readable, academically sound, and beautifully illustrated account of the reign of this monstrous monarch, you have found the book for you. Fortunately it is not sullied with silly Ricardian revisionism. Richard murdered his rivals, besmirched his brother, bastardised his own nephews, and then killed them, and for what? Two thankless years on the throne, and then his own death and the demise of his dynasty. His only rival as worst King must be John. It is no surprise that neither the name John nor Richard has again adorned a monarch of this isle. Tudor propaganda corresponded with reality: that is why it was so effective. This book shows you why
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on 1 June 2015
Bought this book as I was interested in the different theories surrounding the deaths of the princes. The book focuses more on Richard III's life, which would be fine, except I'd just read the more modern one about the search for his body, so this came across as rather prejudiced and missing a lot of the context that would have helped a modern reader understand Richard's actions.
The chapter on the princes mentioned the various theories but said almost nothing about different views of those theories nor the writer's own views.
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on 7 March 2015
The book is finely researched and offers an original insight into Richard's character. Surprisingly, he was loyal to his brother Edward, sharing his exile in 1470. Richard's later character was more or less determined by Shakespeare. The Woodville conspiracy is what unfolding events afterwards were determined by. The illegitimacy of his brother's children was the mistake he made. Later, Richard made no attempt to prove they were still alive. I enjoyed this book.
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on 22 March 2015
Really for the serious historian.very much an open verdict.I would.have liked.to.Ardmo

Well researched and really written for serious historians with background knowledge of the period. I would have liked more information.on.the prince's.
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on 28 January 2016
This is a detailed and intense history told more like a thriller than some of the dryer factual books. The author does not stoop to the sensational but maintains a cool forensic air throughout. It's pretty gripping.

My only criticism is that he takes quite a firm line re Richard's supposed guilt, which kind of then disqualifies him as the impartial observer some reviews I read purported him to be.
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on 12 April 2015
Very interesting, nice to explore different ideas about Richard 111
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on 30 April 2015
Reasonable and interesting pespective on Richard III
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on 13 April 2015
Not a bad book I would recommend it
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on 21 March 2015
Looked this book.
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on 17 October 2015
Great.
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