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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Richard III books I have read, 13 Jan 2014
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Mrs. J. R. Larner "JetBlack" (Rayleigh, Essex, UK) - See all my reviews
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This book is pretty long and very detailed, but please don't be put off by that! It is extremely well researched and utilises entirely believable characters to tell the story of the Wars of the Roses. The main character, Miles Metcalfe, was a real person alive at the time, a lawyer who rose from near poverty to the highest rank and had access to the most important and powerful protagonists at court and elsewhere. Richard himself is portrayed as neither an evil, murdering usurper nor a perfect saint, which makes a refreshing change from many other stories of him that I've read. He comes across as a practical, honest and decent man of his times, who nevertheless is not averse to gaining power and wealth if he can. I really felt that I was living in medieval times as I got lost in the book. If you're interested in English history, Richard III or medieval times in general, you must read this book!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Immersive and informative with some very 'a la Mantel' moments, 17 April 2013
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This book is the War of the Roses as seen through the life of a real-life commoner called Miles Metcalf who is trained in law in London and eventually becomes Richard III's own trusted lawyer.
Depicting the life of many of the smaller names of this period of history, the book makes you realise how the Yorkshire people were inextricably bound to the White rose because their lives were all united in a deep reliance and security which translated to a natural loyalty toward their own local principles - which may partly explain why this feeling about Richard persists in Yorkshire to this day.
Yet it avoids the trap of being really pro-white rose, and shows the cracks and failures that lead to the inevitable end.
The very nice and extensive depiction of the London of this particular period is positively 'a la Mantel', and is a really good evocation of imagery. It is also really nice to see other parts of the English country and its life being so well drawn too.
I've somewhat failed to have a consistent and contiguous understanding of this period of English history, and this book has framed the whole period really well for me.
It is also worth noting that it appears that virtually all the characters are real people from history and the book also appears to have years of solid research behind it.
If you are looking for a detailed, immersive historical read, then this is just what you are looking for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a true history of the wars of the roses - well almost, 5 Oct 2014
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if you like the stories of the wars of the roses - you will love this. The Metcalfe familys1 younger son Miles decides to make his own way in the world and become a lawyer. You would think this great long book about a lawyer would be dull - noooo, He begins his career as a young man in London about the time of the first of the wars - just around the time that Richard of York was made the heir to the Lancastrian King Henry VI - as a result of Henry`s uselessness as a King, and goes up to the final years of the Yorkist rule which ended at Bosworth with the ascent of the Tudors. At the end you are told that the Metcalfes did exist, all of them, and that the basis of the book is true, just one or three things are added as author`s licence to add a little more colour. Amazing and thoroughly hard to put down, although a book this long cannot be read at one sitting !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Phillipa Gregory, 28 Aug 2013
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A well told story based firmly on extensive facts.
Highly recommended read with this exceptional period of history nicely viewed through a new pair of eyes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Narrative, 28 Oct 2014
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Covering the reign of five kings, this is something of an epic. However, the characters are credible and the period detail convincing. As a family saga, it skilfully combines the personal and the political, despite the forced artificially of the closing chapters.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good read, 5 Jun 2014
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Enjoyed very much historically very correct would reccommend to all who like to read about the Wars of the Roses
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