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  • Paperback: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; New Ed edition (14 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521407265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521407267
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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'Why did the Yorkists fail and the Tudors succeed? This book, the best study of Richard III for a generation, offers its own subject as an answer. The verdict is damning, and carries the more conviction because it is based on analysis of Richard's policies, not his psyche.' The Times Literary Supplement

'This is an absorbing book … (Dr Horrox's) command of the source material is circumspect, subtle, authoritative and flawless. This is a masterly work: time, effort, intelligence and skill have gone into its creation and none of these is flaunted.' History

' … fills an important gap in the impressive literature on Richard III and, using a wide range of primary sources and up-to-date secondary works, offers a new approach to the reign.' History Today

'Dr Horrox's work is already well known to students of the Yorkist period … but in this outstanding new book she has put scholars even deeper in her debt … What she has done … supremely well is to demonstrate the complexity of late Yorkist political society and to point to ways in which it can be illuminated.' The Ricardian

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Despite the recent renaissance in studies of the reign of Richard III, most historians have remained focussed on conventional themes, especially the character and motivation of the king and the fate of his nephews. Less attention, as a result, has been devoted to the reign's importance in the patterns of late medieval government and in the evolution of royal authority.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 2001
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This intelligent, academic work should be in the collection of anyone who wants to understand the medieval concepts of lordship and service. The full title of the book is "Richard III: A Study in Service" and that is exactly what the book details: Richard's reign, especially as "Lord of the North," is used to exemplify many important issues surrounding medieval administration and the medieval concept of service. Highly recommended.
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By J E MULRENAN on 4 Jun. 2013
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If you are interested in how things got done in the later part of the 15th century this work will enlighten you. For Ricardian studies it is indispensable and suggests further research topics. It gives a sense of a controversial reign far better than many more partisan treatments and invites serious consideration of the issues of government facing the king and his subjects. A serious book deserving serious attention.
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This a is a comprehensive examination of how medieval kings had to operate, dealing with Richard III in particular. It covers in great detail who Richard "favoured" (or didn't) and suggests why this was so. It also explains the factors in why people did or did not turn up at Bosworth, whether of not they fought there. This is a book to be "mined" for information over and over again.
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