- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing (5 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848685130
- ISBN-13: 978-1848685130
- Product Dimensions: 20 x 13 x 2.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,116 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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She was a scholar-in-residence at Gladstone's Library in Hawarden (formerly St Deiniol's Library), Britain's only residential library. This was founded in 1898 by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone. Great Britain's only Prime Ministerial library, it is based on Gladstone's personal collection. Dr Wilkinson has also held an honorary post at the University of Glasgow.
The recipient of a British Academy award, she is the author of a two volume biography of Richard III, the first volume of which, Richard III, the Young King To Be, has been published by Amberley. She is currently writing volume two. Other books are Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress, The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn and The Princes in the Tower. She lives in the attic of a mediaeval house within the city walls of York.
Follow her blog: http://josepha-josephine-wilkinson.blogspot.co.uk/
About the Author
Josephine Wilkinson is an author and historian. She received a First from the University of Newcastle where she also read for her PhD. She has received British Academy funding for her research in to Richard III's early life and has been scholar-in-residence at St Deiniol's Library, Britain's only residential library founded by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone. Her other books include Mary Boleyn and The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn both published by Amberley. The second volume Richard III, From Lord of the North to King of England will be published in 2010. She lives in York.
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The latter years of the reign of King Henry VI and the protectorship of Richard's father must have been traumatic and frightening for a young boy, especially the barbarous treatment eventually suffered by his father and older brother Edmund and the flight from Ludlow to escape the Lancastrian threat. What happens to us in our childhood must have an effect on the adult we become, and Richard's childhood must have been pretty scary.
The book has a nice balance between the good part of Richard's character, but does not hesitate to point out his faults, especially in his desire to obtain lands belonging to others sometimes whatever the cost. It also shows him as a religious man, despite that fact that he fathered illegitimate children, and he was certainly a brave soldier and able administrator. He does not seem to me to be different from any other powerful mediaeval lord, and we must view his actions not by the standards of today, but by the standards of 15th century England. He is certainly no worse and in my opinion much better than the Tudors, who systematically disposed of every possible Yorkist contender for the throne, even to the appalling treatment on the scaffold of the Countess of Salisbury (who was a very old woman) by Henry VIII!Read more ›
I felt Wilkinson did seem to bend over backwards or over state the argument to paint a positive view of Richard in the face of her own 'evidence' which indicated a more negative opinion. And this comment is from someone who has been a Ricardian for over 40 years! There was too much supposition and too many instances of 'this was possible' for me to gve this 5 stars.
Also the typos & errors were distracting - one being that Anne Neville was born in 1452 not 1456 in the list of main characters at the beginning (corrected later in the text).
I tend to disagree with Wilkinson's conclusion that Richard's marriage was purely one of convenience and that he found emotional satisfaction elsewhere. Yes he, and Anne too, had much to gain materially by their marriage, but also a shared experience of family and the north must be factors too, although I am very suspicious of the more romantic stance of some Ricardian novelists. There is no evidence that his illegitimate children were conceived after his marriage, but there would have been ample opportunity for him as a young man to sow his wild oats beforehand.Read more ›
Volume II was originally for publication in 2010 - I hope it arrives soon!
It was quite pro Richard, presenting an overall sympathetic view of him. While this is quite a refreshing change to the usual "Richard was an evil villain" mantra, it did make me think that the book is a little biased.
Some of the imagery used was quite romanticised- Richard, trotting back to Middleham after a hard days training, in his armour and looking forwards to a nice hot bath etc. And it being a shame he could not wear his fashionable pointy shoes- as Edward IV had banned them (which in itself could be seen to be a good thing).
After a while, I got to quite like the imagery the author conjours up. After all, despite all the "wicked uncle" portrayal, he would have had feelings, thoughts and desires just like anyone else. Previous books I have read on Richard III just concentrate on cold, hard facts, this book had a lot of facts, but sought to present Richard in a more human light.
Although the author presumes what Richard may have felt- it is a change to think of Richard III doing normal things, rather than just his usual one dimensional plotting and planning.
I also really liked the level of detail. There are chapters on Richard's dealing with the Countess of Oxford and her lands, and the Countess of Warwick. The author has really researched this and there is a lot of detail.
I also agree with another review on here, that the last chapter- the study on the literature of hate, was a bit out of place. Though interesting, it would be better at the end of the whole Richard III story.
All in all, I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading volume 2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book at the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre on a trip there this September, and very enjoyable it was too, even if it wasn't the actual place that battle... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ms. E. Arkady
Not the book it should have been. Too much is the writers assumptions , especially what Richard might have thought :.It therefore read more like ahistorical novel in places. Read morePublished 14 months ago by corndolly
However richer in citations than her mentor's selfreferenced books, Wilkinson simply walks in Hicks' footsteps in the many negative, and already manyfold debunked, allegations on... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Isabella
A good read, keeps things personal and draws the reader into Richard's life from a very young child and gives him a real human face.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by Heather Stackelberg
With all the best will in the world a book that teaches history should be PROOF READ properly. So many annoying inaccuracies and typos, denegrates the research and hard work put in... Read morePublished on 16 Dec. 2013 by Chicklit reader
There are not many books based on Richards younger day .I found it thrilling and made me more certain that he was not the villain the Tudors made him out... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2013 by margaret fenton
Good book about Richard lll but also about Ann Neville, all in all a very good read really enjoyed it.Published on 9 Aug. 2013 by patrick1
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