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Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York

Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York [Kindle Edition]

John Ashdown-Hill
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In 1455 John Howard was an untitled and relatively obscure Suffolk gentleman. At the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 he was Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Admiral and a very rich man (and the current Duke of Norfolk is his direct descendant). How had he attained these elevations? Through his service to the House of York, and in particular to Richard III during the setting aside of Edward V. John Ashdown-Hill examines why he chose to support Richard, even at the cost of his life; what secrets he knew about Edward IV; what he had to do with the fate of the 'Princes in the Tower'; and what naval innovations, hiterto ascribed to the Tudors, he introduced. Based on original research and containing previously unpublished material, Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn' is an important contribution to Ricardian scholarship.

About the Author

John Ashdown-Hill is a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Europeen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes. The author of "The Last Days of Richard III," he has been heavily involved in the DNA testing of Richard III's remains. He is also the author of Eleanor, the Secret Queen"; "Royal Marriage Secrets"; and" The Third Plantagenet." He has appeared on NPR and the Smithsonian Channel as an expert on Richard III.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1328 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 May 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009DMJ9WG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Recently awarded an honorary (second) doctorate by the University of Essex in recognition of the key role he played in the rediscovery of Richard III, John Ashdown-Hill [] is the historian who discovered Richard III's mtDNA sequence in 2004. Together with his work for the BBC on the myth that Richard's body was thrown into a river, and his research on Richard's grave site, this provided the key data used by the LOOKING FOR RICHARD PROJECT [] to find Richard III's remains in 2012. John's latest book, due out in January, is THE DUBLIN KING. John can also be seen in a 2015 Channel Four documentary on 'the princes in the Tower'.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard III's Beloved Cousyn 7 Nov 2011
Richard III's 'beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York

A great book for those with an interest in the War of the Roses/Tudor England, John Howard's life, career and companionship of Richard III is well documented in this throughly researched book. Very good read and would recommend highly
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I am fast becoming a big fan of Dr.Ashdown-Hill's work. Meticuously researched as ever, this book once again brings a key, yet much ignored, figure of the Wars of the Roses to life. Much of this book on John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk is taken from Dr. Ashdown-Hill's thesis for his PhD and as a result is written in this style. The signposting and returning to interesting areas at later stages may irritate some but it certainly helps to define each chapter as we go through Howard's life. Dr. Ashdown-Hill's meticulous research has once again dispelled many myths about Howard, as with Eleanor Talbot, and also introduced what seems incontrovertible proof that Carvel ships were first built by the Yorkists, and not the Tudors. I did enjoy that! It is also fascinatingly detailed on medieval religious life. If you are looking for a work that makes giant, imaginative leaps based on only the smallest pieces of evidence then this book is not for you as Dr. Ashdown-Hill strives with his meticulous style (it's that word again!) to make only those judgements that can be supported by it. I would most definitely recommend this for any readers interested in the medieval, late medieval and Tudor periods, naval history, as well as Catholic liturgy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and well written 18 May 2013
By SusanS
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I became interested in John Howard when reading about Richard III,I don't really know why, but he just struck me as an interesting character.
I initially thought Howard was just some random chap who Richard III bribed onto his side by letting him have the disputed Mowbray lands, but he was a long standing and faithful servant of the Plantagenet family.

I enjoyed the insights into his life, his involvement with the navy, his career as a faithful servant of Edward IV and to Cecily. Also, the more personal aspects were interesting. I had read elsewhere Howard was a violent man, but he does not emerge from this book in that way. He had a bit of an incident with the Pastons, but that was it.

He is portrayed as a lover of music and interested in modern developments such as the mechanised clock.
Little things, such as his ordering a quarter of a porpoise (can't say I'd fancy that much- fishy blubber anyone??), his shoes, medicines,trips to the inn, etc bring him to life.
His religous life is also presented, showing a deep and seemingly genuine piety.

The book does, as the title suggests, deal with his involvement with Richard III. I found Howard's reaction to Richard interesting and quite perplexing.
He obviously knew the family well; he was involved with Cecily, Edward and Richard over many years. There seemed to be more to his involvement in the whole Richard/usurpation situation than just getting his hands on the Mowbray inheritance, maybe I'm being too generous to Howard here and he was just looking after no.1, but it does seem as if he genuinely did support the idea of Richard taking the throne.
Why, though, is unclear. The precontract theory is raised, though I'm personally a bit sceptical with this (bit too convenient for my liking).
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Noblemen in Ricardian England 7 Feb 2011
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Mr Ashdown-Hill has written a deeply researched and most interesting book, which makes clear who King Richard III trusted , and why.Always a figure that excites interest, this lonely king still arouses discussion, not to say dissent, it is interesting to learn more about his followers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read on a little known character! 16 May 2013
By Sam K
When I first ordered this I thought it was about Richard's other cousin, Harry Duke of Buckingham, as I misread the second title. Of course all history fans will know about the 2nd and 3rd Dukes' of Norfolk during the Tudor times, but this Howard has always been a bit more of a mystery. Book is very well written and full of incredible information, the like of which I have never heard before such as his involvement with Edward IV's navy and the fact he could have been in on the secret of the king's secret first marriage! A very informative and interesting book for all people interested in this period. I now look forward to reading the author's book about Eleanor Talbot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beloved Cousyn 12 April 2013
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I have so far found no other study devoted to the career of John Howard & enjoyed filling a gap in my knowledge. There are some cheerful elements in the book which I was quite taken with although there is slight factual evidence for some of the speculation & I enjoyed reading it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good research and very interesting perspective 28 Nov 2013
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I liked this book as it gave a perspective on life at the time, that is rarely available. I'm very glad that I found it as it has produced a good source of information that is not readily available when researching Richard III and the wars of the roses, by introducing people that were more obscure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rewarding 31 Jan 2013
By S Ling
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This is a rewarding read. Researched well and an interesting addition to books I have on the Plantagenets and their supporters .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and useful information.
Very interesting and useful information. Well researched.
Published 1 month ago by cosmicelk
4.0 out of 5 stars However once I did get to grips with the charicters then I found it...
I found this difficult to get into it is an academic style of writing which when you want light reading on holiday is not for you. Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. Rutherfoord
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
John Ashdown hill does not disappoint, well researched and fascinating history at its best.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs SCR Mintram-Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars This was very elucidating and interesting
Frist I want to prais Ashdown-Hill for his meticulous scrutiny, I should say ,of Richard and everything that surrounded him.That makes Ashdown-Hill reliable. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Synnoeve Pedersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from John Ashdown-Hill
This author knows his period...and how to bring it to life. I like anything that deals with this period, especially if it concerns Richard III is any way. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jazzycat
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
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Book in good condition.
Enjoyed the book, interesting read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mec
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard 111's beloved cousyn..John Howard and the House of York,
Arrived promptly and book ts in very good condition.A well written book typical of John-Ashdown-Hill. Interesting and informative. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mrs C J Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's amazing what can still be found!
It was very well researched for a character, not centre stage, who played an important part in Richard's reign. It's amazing what can still be found from 500 years ago!
Published 20 months ago by sandra unwin
5.0 out of 5 stars An absorbing work
He brings out the character not only of John Howard but of Richard 111 too and everyday life in England
Published 21 months ago by Paul Everitt
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