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Richard III - A Small Guide to the Great Debate

Richard III - A Small Guide to the Great Debate [Kindle Edition]

Annette Carson
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Annette Carson, acclaimed author and expert on Richard’s reign (and one of the team who found him), has published A Small Guide to the Great Debate, a brief summary of the main arguments concerning his actions and reputation.

Carson has researched and written extensively on Richard III. Her book Richard III: The Maligned King (The History Press, 2008) was revised in 2013 and sold out within 3 months. The print edition of A Small Guide was published on 1 July this year and is already stocked, in hundreds, by visitors’ centres at Leicester, Bosworth Battlefield and elsewhere.

Written as a succinct, straightforward summary of the facts, this short handbook outlines how King Richard came to be portrayed as a monster-villain by the Tudors, and how a backlash in later centuries created the ‘Great Debate’ over his reputation, which still rages today. It also analyses the mystery of the ‘Princes in the Tower’, examining what people actually said and did at the time of their disappearance, and who profited from their removal.

The book sets out all the main theories and arguments, together with their strengths and weaknesses, in a non-scholarly style, without imposing judgements and conclusions. An invaluable reference resource, it invites readers to weigh up the evidence and make up their own minds.

Recommended for anyone interested in Richard III, for libraries and also as a reference for the media, A Small Guide sticks to the verifiable facts while offering insights you won't find in conventional history books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 82 pages
  • Publisher: Imprimis Imprimatur (2 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,583 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Reasoned and persuasive 13 Oct 2013
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This little book endeavours to sort out the myths and spin from the actual facts and first hand accounts of Richard III's life and reputation. It is well researched and convincing but, as a Ricardian, perhaps I'm biased! There will never be any "proof" of whether Richard deserved his reputation of murdering tyrant but this book tried to be objective and consider all the evidence, giving sources for the reader to explore by themselves if they wish. I recommend it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting For Those who wish a Synopsis 3 Nov 2013
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This is as is stated by the author and as concise as she could make it. I would recommend this as a starter for those who are interested in Richard III and why he has been so maligned. It is wrong to say that Richard must have been a usurper he most certainly wasn't. He has been maligned and without going into the great debate here others had more to gain-simple logic shows that -if you have an open mind. People still after all these centuries see the Shakespeare and Tudor Characterisation . The Tudor dynasty has the bloodiest record of all England's Dynasties and Shakespeare was certainly no Historian in fact one of the worst for inaccuracies -he was a playwright and wrote during the Tudor dynasty therefore he was most likely fond of keeping his head firmly on his shoulders. As I have said this is a very good introduction to the debate on this King, it is a global debate and no other King has created such interest and argument. Worth the purchase!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small - but perfectly formed 8 Dec 2013
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This is brief, but it does do exactly what it sets out to do, and give a short, straight forward accounts of the facts in the so-called 'Great Debate'. It works well as a guide for a beginner to the subject, but also as a lucid summary for anyone with an interest in the subject.

Carson is quite up-front in that she has Ricardian sympathies herself (see her longer book, The Maligned King), but she does an excellent job of teasing out the few solid facts and looking at what contemporary sources there are and what sort of bias we may be looking for. It doesn't give you any answers - and I hope no one is expecting a miracle solution! - but hopefully it will open your mind and give you something worth thinking about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Brilliant, now need to read the bigger book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good starting book 15 May 2014
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Great book if you are looking to get into this subject as it gives a good overview of the events in his life
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