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The Killing of Richard III (Wars of the Roses)

The Killing of Richard III (Wars of the Roses) [Kindle Edition]

Robert Farrington
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A well-crafted and timely historical adventure (Choice magazine)

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Murder, mystery and bloody battle meet in Robert Farrington's brilliant novel of the life and death of Richard III

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 498 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 075155278X
  • Publisher: Sphere (6 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #97,469 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best reads 27 Jun 2013
By wcrocks
Format:Kindle Edition
I read this book years ago (1972)and it is still on my bookshelf along with others about Richard 111....enough to say that as an avid reader of historical fiction this is one of the best...and written long before Richard became the cult figure he is now. Written with a great regard for Richard but not through rose tinted glass!
Believe me all the best books written about Richard are the also try Robert Farrigtons "Tudor agent."
Another great writer, Rosemary Hawley Jarman wrote sympathetically but realistically of Richard the man and the period of the wars of the roses...
Seeing Robert Farringtons 'The killing of Richard the third' with its bright new cover inspired me to write this review of a book i sought out and read so long ago. Surely its only a matter of time before more of these great writers are re marketed because of present interest in that period...i will be looking out for them ..hope you will too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A spy story set in the Wars of the Roses 26 Feb 2007
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
Entertaining if rather anachronistic adventure novel about a clerk who worked as a spy for Richard III.

The hero, Henry Morane, a fictional character, is chief clerk to John Kendall, a real historical figure who was Secretary to King Edward IV, and held the same position under Richard Duke of Gloucester when he was first Lord Protector and then King Richard III. Morane becomes involved in spying for the King on the intrigues and plots of treacherous barons such as Sir William Stanley and of the King's rival, Henry Tudor (later Henry VII).

Effectively Morane is a sort of 15th century Yorkist James Bond.

This is the first in a trilogy of books about his adventures, which consists of:

1) "The Killing of Richard III"
2) "Tudor Agent: Wars of the Roses II"
3) "The Traitors of Bosworth: Wars of the Roses III"

The book contains a large amount of historical detail, some true, some speculation, usually described in an entertaining and accessible way.

Richard III has been presented by Tudor propaganda as a monster and tyrant, and the murderer of his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Henry Morane is clearly devoted to him and does not share that view, part of the story being around his attempts to discover and bring to justice the real murderers.

Most novels dealing with this period tend either to portray Richard III either as a near saint (An example being the brilliant "
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last days of Richard III 8 Oct 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh novel based on the life of Richard III. The story takes the reader from 1483 when Edward IV is still on the throne, to the Battle of Hastings in 1485. Over a period of two years, Henry Morane, in the king's employ is in the thick of the political infighting and skullduggery that marred Richard's reign. The fate of the two princes, the forces loyal to Richard and those who sought advantage for Henry Tudor, and Henry's own private life are covered in fairly action-packed pages.

Interestingly, the author died in 1994, aged nearly 80, so it seems that this reissue of a book first published in 1971 and which I had not come across before, has been timed neatly to capture peoples' interest after the discovery of Richard III's remains. It's a pity the author did not live to see this, as you get the impression from this novel that he would have felt a lot of respect for Richard. His empathetic portrayal of the man who found himself in the rather unenviable role of King of England at a time of such turmoil and with threats from all sides is welcome.

This is a really good novel of Richard III; while it only covers the last two years of his life, we get a new perspective on times that may seem familiar to many through the eyes of Henry Morane. Great stuff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure 26 Aug 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it is historically accurate enough as well. It carries the reader along on a rollercoaster of an adventure with enough detail to make it very convincing. It's easy to read as well, and after I'd finished it I found myself wondering what happened to the main character next, and that is always the sign of a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brillianty told tragic story 30 July 2013
By Jinner
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This book is well written and grips you from beginning to end. I would recommend it to anyone who loves history
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not what it seems- but a cracking adventure story 20 July 2013
By SusanS
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I confess to being rather drawn in with the eye catching cover and blurb of this book- and the good reviews.

I was sort of expecting a mystery story centred around the princes in the tower theme, but it's not, as such. That whole mystery seems to be "resolved" quickly with the poor old Duke of Buckingham neatly getting the blame for it.

The story revolves around Henry Morane, a canny medieval clerk to King Richard's secretary, John Kendall. After a run in with one of the Stanley's, he gets (sort of) employed by Richard III to do a spot of spying/general adventuring.
Richard himself doesn't really come into it that much- just pops up every now and then for a bit of "suspicious gazing" and to give Henry the low down on his next task.

It's really boy's own adventures, Plantagenet style- not usually my cup of tea,but it's hugely entertaining.
I loved Henry Morane and his feisty missus (Matilda),he is quite an amoral, cynical character, but very believable and likeable.
I think whichever era, Plantagenet/Tudor etc- Henry Morane would fit in with and the book would be equally as good.

I also enjoyed some of the language Robert Farrington has the characters use- "God's Hooks!", "God's buttocks!" - was this really a medieval term? I'm not sure- but I found it very amusing.

After Richard is killed at Bosworth, Farrington seems to leave the door open for Henry to have further adventures, as the new Tudor King saves him from the wrath of the Stanley's.

I was really pleased to discover that Henry's story continues under Henry VII- in "Tudor Agent", no idea what that will be like but I will be giving it a try.

The book is really well written, not sentimental, and very well paced. God's hooks!!- it was a really great read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Rosiemwall
This is a very good book it is very well written and historically believable the description of the facts and battles is very well written I would recommend this book y
Published 3 days ago by maureen wall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by rosie2
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally absorbing - great read
I am an absolute sucker for stories on, or based around the life and times of Richard III. I have read a lot of novels on this subject, (a vast majority of them being pro-Richard,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rigsby
5.0 out of 5 stars The Killing of Richard lll
Listening to a reading of Josephine Tay's novel 'The Daughter of Time' (on R4 extra), re-ignited my interest in the period of the Wars of the Roses. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Peacock
4.0 out of 5 stars Blood and Thunder
Imaginative historical fiction - lots of gore, excitement, sex and guesswork. Historical and fictional personalities well-mixed. Read more
Published 7 months ago by nevjoy
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read (70;s Reissue)
I bought this book without realising it had originally been published in the 70's, as were Farringtons' other two books in the Trilogy, Tudor Agent and The Traitors of Bosworth. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Perkins
3.0 out of 5 stars Might get better if I continue to read this
I didnt actually finish this book I found it a little confusing I am very interested in Richard 111 but this did not hold my attention I will however finish it in the future
Published 9 months ago by j richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
A very well researched fictional account of the final days of Richard III. A gripping read, loved the main character, detailed descriptions and the humour. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ok for a light read, but not the best in its genre
A good book for reading on the train, but although the title implies the novel is about Richard III, he is in fact a very minor and rather thinly drawn character. Read more
Published 11 months ago by StoneLord1
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Badly written and historically inaccurate, this book is poor. The characters are superficial and the female character laughable. Read more
Published 11 months ago by L. Tuplin
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