This is an excellent account of the evidence for and against Richard III, the most controversial King of England. Was he the archetypal wicked Uncle who murdered the Princes in the Tower as well as most of the rest of his family? Or was he the gentle, almost saintly King, maligned unfairly down the ages? He was probably a bit of both. Potter gives an admirably lucid account of Richard's reputation, from the few comtemporary sources to the first attempts at rehabilitation in the 17th century, to the 20th century controversy which resulted in the formation of the Richard III Society. Essential reading if you want to understand Richard and make up your own mind.
on 11 February 2015
It's an excellent book, readable, thorough, interesting and fair - in as far as I can tell, being not such a scholar. Jeremy Potter writes really well. The arguments and counter arguments in each chapter are well presented and analysed. They appear balanced. There are fascinating glimpses into contemporary accounts, with comments on who wrote them, and what their motives might be. It's not at all dry, in fact it's gripping even if you're not in the least interested in Richard lll. If you're interested in how history takes the viewpoint of the victor, and how a mixture of myth and downright lies can become fact, then this is your book.
on 25 December 2000
There is adequate evidence available to doubt the "traditional" Thomas More/William Shakespeare account of King Richard III. Since 1997, there have been two mock trials in the U.S.(with various U.S. Supreme Court Justices as jurors) charging Richard III with the murder of "the princes in the Tower." In both instances, King Richard III was acquitted. This book's arguments give the evidence as to why Richard and his reputation should be re-examined. Sadly, Jeremy Potter, former President of the Richard III Society, passed away in Nov 97. He will be missed.
on 8 September 2014
This is a thoroughly researched and well presented case for Richard III being far from a murdering usurper and evil tyrant, but a just, loyal, conscientious and pious man of his times. The author explores all the main sources for evidence about Richard, including those which are on the 'other side of the fence' in a fair and scholarly way and convinces me! He was chairman of the Richard III Society and a witness for the defence in Richard's Channel 4 'Trial' in the 80s, in which Richard was found not guilty, so he argues a good case!