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Richard III by David Baldwin
Richard III by David Baldwin
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Having been inspired by the recent news that Richard III's remains may have been located in Leicester I turned to this book to fill in the gaps in my knowledge about the often maligned King. My expectations given the quality of Baldwin's previous books were high and I am pleased to report that this tome lived up to them.

Had I wanted a textbook on the period or an examination of all possible theses about the King's role in history I would not have relied solely on this book; indeed it would have been naive for me to do so. What I wanted was a well researched, well written and importantly well argued and nuanced approach to the subject matter. This book, for me, was all of these… Read more
Robin Hood: The English Outlaw Unmasked by David Baldwin
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 11 May 2010
It might reasonably be said that the legend of Robin Hood suffers from a glut of ill-informed if entertaining 'popular' renderings of the tale. To remedy this Baldwin's book sets out to discover whether there is a discernable historical character or number of characters upon whom the story of Robin Hood as we now know it is based.

To say that this book does so well is an understatement. It is clearly well researched (this will not suprise readers of other books from Baldwin's stable!) and in contrast to many historical treatments of popular topics held my interest throughout. I would strongly encourage anyone interested in this historical character, or even in Medieval society at… Read more