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Richard III: The Maligned King
Richard III: The Maligned King
by Annette Carson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.08

76 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard III - the truth, 21 July 2009
Annette Carson's book on Richard III throws a bomb into the Tudor/Shakespearean image of this monarch, and delivers one of the clearest and best defences King Richard could have wished for.
Taking each of the so-called 'crimes' he has been accused of individually, she goes back to before the fog invented by the Tudors to justify their usurpation of a crown they had little claim to, and looks at contemporary accounts of events. She then adds something missing from books written about this period by nearly all other writers, common sense and humanity. Each event is looked at from all sides, pro Richard and anti viewpoints are weighed in the balance, and documents scrupulously investigated, studied, and their validity judged. Then the questions of 'Was this scenario possible?' and 'If not, why not?' are asked.
The result is a simply stunning piece of historical writing, that I cannot recommend highly enough. In this wonderful book Annette Carson shows that occasionally history written by the winners, in this case the Tudors, can be proved to be chiefly fiction.
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Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series: Wizard's First Rule Bk.1
Wizard's First Rule: Book 1: The Sword Of Truth Series: Wizard's First Rule Bk.1
by Terry Goodkind
Edition: Paperback

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic and Sadism and a dragon too!, 7 Dec. 2006
This is my all time favourite fantasy novel, with wonderful characters, beautifully fleshed out, a plot that keeps you turning the pages, and some scenes of pure sex and sadism the like of which I never expected to find in a genre novel. But I'm not complaining! Add to that a fabulous dragon, that unfortunately disappears later in the series, and you have an unputdownable, unforgettable journey into a magical new world.

Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III: Queen of Richard III (Revealing History)
Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III: Queen of Richard III (Revealing History)
by Michael Hicks
Edition: Hardcover

82 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More lies and insults, 1 Jun. 2006
They say the dead cannot be slandered, but that hasn't stopped Michael Hicks slandering both Richard the Third and his wife Anne in this shameful book!

I have never read anything so biased, or so inaccurate, since the last time Alison Weir wrote something on the subject! Not content with repeating all the old Tudor legends, which he does often, even using Shakespeare as a source at one point, he invents new accusations, "serial incestor" is one of the more ridiculous. He gets Anne's age at her marriage wrong, she was 16 when she married Richard, not 15 Mr Hicks, which should warn anyone that this is someone not on top of his subject.

One minute Hicks calls Anne an enigma, the next he is explaining her motives, thoughts and actions to us. One moment he tells us not to think with modern minds, the next he accuses Anne, and of course Richard, of things that in their day were far from being the crimes he now labels them. His narrative is filled with emotive words used against Richard, while his hero, the infamous George of Clarence, Hicks hero, gets nothing but praise. Clarence was almost a saint it would appear.

Yet again we have a book where no crime seems bad enough for Richard to have committed, at times the language borders on the hysterical, and he bends over backwards to implicate Anne in most of these so-called "crimes" - in spite of her being at yet another point - one of Richard's victims. It is a book of assumptions, displaying at times a naivety, a seeming total lack of understanding of human behaviour both now and then, and it is full of judgements and conclusions based solely on rumour, legends we are warned against believing, and innuendo.

Anne and Richard are painted as a rather unattractive couple who shared the same ambitions. Hicks choice of vocabulary is as inflammatory as he can be, especially when talking about Richard. For example as king after Anne's death Richard becomes a "beleaguered and desperate usurper".

In conclusion Hicks says that Anne remains an enigma, but it is not what I am taking away from this book. For me this is yet another exercise in blackening of Richard III's reputation, setting historical medieval studies back years.

I hated this book and would not recommend it to anyone with a serious interest in the period or lives of the personalities.
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