Following the dramatic announcement that Richard III's body had been discovered, past controversies have been matched by fresh disputes. Why is Richard III England's most controversial king? The question of his reburial has provoked national debate and protest, taking levels of interest in the medieval king to an unprecedented level. While Richard's life remains able to polarise opinion, the truth probably lies somewhere between the maligned saint and the evil hunchback stereotypes. Why did he seize the throne? Did he murder the Princes in the Tower? Why have the location and details of his reburial sparked a parliamentary debate? This book will act as both an introduction to his life and reign and a commemoration to tie in with his reburial this summer in Leicester Cathedral.
Amy Licence is an historian of women's lives in the medieval and early modern period, from Queens to commoners. Her particular interest lies in the late fifteenth and early sixteenth century, in gender relations, Queenship and identity, rites of passage, pilgrimage, female orthodoxy and rebellion, superstition, magic, fertility and childbirth.
Amy has written for The Guardian, The TLS, The New Statesman, BBC History, The English Review, The London Magazine, Royal Central and other places. She has been interviewed regularly for BBC radio and made her TV debut in "The Real White Queen and her Rivals" documentary, in 2013. She writes a blog for the Huffington Post and a personal blog authorherstorianparent.blogspot.com. You can follow Amy on twitter @PrufrocksPeach or like her facebook page "In Bed with the Tudors."
Her website can be found at amylicence.weebly.com
She is the mother of two boys and lives in Canterbury.