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Richard III by Paul Murray Kendall
Richard III by Paul Murray Kendall
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Biography, 7 Feb 2013
The massive public interest generated by the formal identification of the bones found beneath a Leicester car park as the remains of Richard III has naturally prompted an upsurge of interest in the last of the Plantagenet monarchs.

Anyone looking for a well-written but scholarly account of Richard's short but dramatic life should start with Paul Murray Kendall's biography. First published in 1955, it has aged remarkably well, not least because Professor Kendall had the rare gift of expressing meticulous research through compelling prose. His ability to recreate a convincing picture of fifteenth century society, and especially its ruthless power-politics, was equally clear in two… Read more
Conquest: The English Kingdom of France 1417-1450 by Juliet Barker
81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
Juliet Barker's 'Conquest' aims to provide a coherent narrative of a remarkably dramatic, but strangely neglected, era in Anglo-French history. This is no easy task. In contrast to her best-selling 'Agincourt', which essentially focused on a single campaign waged over a few months, 'Conquest' spans more than three decades. With this time-frame, it's a formidable challenge to make sense of the twist and turn of military and political events, let alone do justice to a vast and ever-changing cast of characters. The author has certainly achieved her stated objective: a careful scholar and an accomplished writer, she tells the complex story clearly, in measured and elegant prose.

So,… Read more
The Art of War: Great Commanders of the Modern Wor&hellip by Andrew Roberts
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This volume, together with its companion dealing with the ancient and medieval period, provides an exceptionally informative and handsome overview of the history of warfare, as epitomised by the careers of some of its most significant practitioners.

Editor Andrew Roberts, himself no slouch as a military historian, has assembled a top team of writers, many of them leading authorities on their subjects. For example, in Volume One Scipio Africanus is tackled by Adrian Goldsworthy and Hannibal by Tom Holland, while Jonathan Sumption looks at the Black Prince and John Julius Norwich surveys Sultan Mehmet II. The line-up for Volume Two is equally impressive with, for example, Saul… Read more

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