on 16 October 2014
As an Ancient Historian, it is refreshing and rewarding to read a compelling presentation of an integral period of Welsh and English history of the late 15th Century. Some people believe Welsh history holds no importance other than being downtrodden by that of English history. Where would England be without Wales? Most likely no place special. I pride myself on being a student of ALL history and recognise that Susan Fern's study of Rhys ap Thomas highlight's the life of a key historical figure in Welsh history.
I am not the most ardent follower of Tudor history, albeit, post Rhys ap Thomas but I defy anybody not to be captivated by the man that gave the Tudors their own place in history. Rhys ap Thomas, The Man Who Killed Richard III will give you an insight into what really happened at the Battle of Bosworth.
on 16 June 2014
This book gives a fascinating insight into this period of history. I found it a compelling read and would encourage everyone to buy it who has even a slight interest in British history. We hear a lot about how Scottish history is intertwined with English but not much is written about the involvement of Wales. This book also rectifies that. True we have recently had a TV series on the Tudors, but not from a Welsh perspective. To see this as a series from Rhys' perspective would be justified. Well done, Ms Fern for highlighting such an interesting account of our forgotten history.
on 25 February 2015
Superb account of a little known story and of a little known man - outside Wales anyway. Susan Fern's passion for the historical figure at the heart of this story is obvious and the claims she makes for his place in history are amply justified in this text. The author elucidates Rhys ap Thomas's part in the great events at Bosworth and beyond in an account that is completely enthralling.
But this is so much more than a simple historical account as well. It's a portrait of a time, a study in idealism and of disillusionment too. A complete story in fact, told by a master storyteller as well as a fine historian.
on 23 May 2014
Great to have a new pertspective on Rhys ap Thomas,highlighting the vital role of the welsh gentry in establishing the Tudors as a new dynasty.Ties in to the bedhead in the National Museum of Wales,a physical manifestation of the story,contemporary with post 1485.
on 24 September 2015
This book is a fascinating account of the life of Rhys ap Thomas. Moreover it is an in depth study of Wales during the Wars of the Roses and into the Tudor period. The accounts of the relationships and intrigue within Wales and it's manner of semi self governance is a real pleasure to read. There are some grammatical errors scattered as well as some missing aspects. Cruikshank's 'Army Royal' tells more of Rhys' role in the French campaign of 1513 for example and the account of Bosworth is at odds in places with others. Moreover this is an account of Rhys' life, legacy and Welsh setting, for that it is excellent.