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The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain
The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain
by Derek Wilson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £20.00

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous but Sketchy, 20 April 2013
This is a very lovely, top-quality book; well produced and with wonderful illustrations. It is certainly a thing of great beauty that represents good value for money as an object in itself but the historical content is a sketchy precis of events. For instance, I was disappointed to read of Richard III's 'callous' usurpation and the comment that he could not have seized the throne if Edward V had been alive. Edward's proven illegitimacy was not examined and the usual Tudor myths are not refuted but, if anything, reinforced by that one damning word alone. If you want a lovely book to display on your coffee table, this is certainly for you. If you want a well argued and thoroughly researched history book, forget it.
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Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III (England's Forgotten Queens)
Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III (England's Forgotten Queens)
by Michael Hicks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Sorrowing Widow?, 9 Sep 2009
"She was immortalised by Shakespeare for the remarkable nature of her marriage, a union which brought together a sorrowing widow with her husband's murderer."

What's Shakespeare got to do with it? Oops! I forgot! He's the "eminent" authority on the life and dirty deeds of Richard III and the terrible plight of this lady, his wife. Yes, please let us invoke Shakespeare when writing of historical fact!

I cannot fathom why anyone today, much less "eminent" historians, continue to tout such utter drivel or even why they still propound the ridiculous lies and calumnies handed down through the centuries as "fact" by the adherents of a usurping dynasty, the Tudors. (And what a vile lot they were!) To uphold, by all means possible, the Traditionalist view of Richard III is the real purpose of this book, I feel.

To expand upon this one point only, why should it be supposed that this girl, not yet fifteen, should have been left sorrowing in the wake of the death of the boy her father forced her to marry in order to achieve his own political ends and which marriage lasted six months? The man she eventually married was a companion of her childhood and they returned to live in their childhood home. Given the turmoil in her life, and his, was this such a dreadful outcome for her and were the events concerning her second marriage so much worse for her, personally, than those of her first? Whatever their reasons for marrying - and certainly her inheritance was a major factor for them both, we have no reason to suppose that she was unwilling in the matter of her second marriage but every reason to suppose she may have been a very unwilling party to her first.

Once again we are presented with another dolorous offering concerned more with upholding the discredited validity of an outworn argument; that of the 'Dark Legend' of Richard III, than with presenting us with the true facts of this lady's life, which will never be known as there are so few facts available.

Because the author is so "eminent", am I supposed to take this book seriously? Impossible!
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James Martin's Great British Winter Cookbook
James Martin's Great British Winter Cookbook
by James Martin
Edition: Hardcover

42 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Winter Warmer from Yorkshire's Finest!, 23 Oct 2006
Warming recipes, both simple and sophisticated. As usual, the charming Mr. Martin has made sure that all the recipes are easy and straightforward and success is always attainable - and as you'd expect, James does not disappoint with his puds! The Chocolate and Marron Glace Tart is to die for - so, too, the White Chocolate and Raspberry Trifle and the Treacle Toffee is the best I've ever had! I've always been a little nervous when it comes to game but the Pot-Roast Pheasant with Cider and Calvados persuaded me to try again and I'm glad I did. It was so easy and absolutely wonderful. I only wish the book were longer.
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