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5.0 out of 5 stars From the horse's mouth...
They do say that you need to get back to the sources to get to the nitty-gritty of things, and here you can. Not that sources are always right, of course. Some of these are not pro-Richard, but then those are the ones with Tudor axes to grind. I am a Ricardian, and therefore see him as a just and honourable man who was foully betrayed by far lesser men at Bosworth. Others...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Picture
I bought the Kindle version of this book because I wanted a portable and easily searchable collection of quotes about Richard III from historical sources. Unfortunately, the selection of quotes in this book is rather slim and appears to have been edited to support the author's negative view of Richard, which is apparent from the commentary. There are more, and more...
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5.0 out of 5 stars From the horse's mouth..., 20 Dec 2013
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They do say that you need to get back to the sources to get to the nitty-gritty of things, and here you can. Not that sources are always right, of course. Some of these are not pro-Richard, but then those are the ones with Tudor axes to grind. I am a Ricardian, and therefore see him as a just and honourable man who was foully betrayed by far lesser men at Bosworth. Others will not agree. But whichever 'side' you take, you'll find this book absolutely essential reading, Recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete Picture, 5 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Richard III: From Contemporary Chronicles, Letters and Records (Kindle Edition)
I bought the Kindle version of this book because I wanted a portable and easily searchable collection of quotes about Richard III from historical sources. Unfortunately, the selection of quotes in this book is rather slim and appears to have been edited to support the author's negative view of Richard, which is apparent from the commentary. There are more, and more balanced, quotes in my home made Evernote database than in this "source book". For example, the author comments on Richard's supposed immorality, but fails to include any sources that mention his negotiations to marry Joanna of Portugal, rather than his niece, which go some way towards questioning this view. These have been known since the 1950s, so he should be aware of them. Anyone looking for a more complete picture may want to check out "Richard III The Young King to Be" and "The Princes in the Tower" by Josephine Wilkinson or "The Maligned King" by Annette Carson, which contain more quotes and info about historical sources than this book, so readers have a better chance to make up their own minds. It's a convenient starting point for newcomers, but not more.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A misleading and biased text., 5 Jan 2014
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This review is from: Richard III: From Contemporary Chronicles, Letters and Records (Kindle Edition)
I was shocked by this book. I have studied Richard III for over 50 years and see that very little has changed from the mostly hostile and biased writings of my youth. I am particularly horrified as the co-author is a leading light of the Richard III Society who should know better. Even the good things that Richard did have the cynical comments that they were done in an attempt to obtain popularity - maybe they were but we have no evidence of this and therefore should be taken on their own merit. The old story that the king intended to marry his niece is quoted when new research has revealed that a double marriage for her and the king was being negotiated for them to marry members of the Portuguese royal house - the true heirs of Lancaster. There is more than one factual error, one of them being that Richard had two recognised illigitimate children with possibly a third if the tradition of Richard of Eastwell is believed whereas the text quoted "one maybe two bastards" and that he was therefore a hyprocrite. So what if he had love affairs or kept a mistress in his early youth, that does not make him a hyprocrite becaused he condemned Edward IV's debauchery. Richard was not cruel to his wife because he no longer shared her bed, she was very ill, probably with a highly infectious fatal illness. Agreed the writings of southerners are not sympathetic to Richard but we do not have to look far back for a parallel. Richard's great grandfather John of Gaunt was similarly hated in the south because he was a northern lord and acting as protector during Richard II's minority. The North was almost a foreign country in those days. Another point raised by the book is that Richard's denunciation of the Woodvilles' attempt at seizing power via the young king is dismissed as Ricardian propaganda. Caroline Halsted's brilliantly researched book is described as "unreadable". It is dated, admittedly but very well written and, for its time, breaks a lot of new ground. A.L. Rous is even mentioned in the text and called a "historian" He was an expert on Shakespeare and not an authority on the historical Richard III. I could go on but I would recommend that anyone truly interested in a balanced view of Richard III reads "Richard III The Maligned King" by Annette Carson. The book under review is useful in that it contains the contemporary sources but I would take issue that Thomas Moore is contemporary and in no way a true account of the period. Incidentally, Although I have searched the book thoroughly I am unble to find the advertised chapter on the discovery of Richard's remains. In conclusion I think the authors should have allowed the sources to speak for themselves and avoided textual commentary one way or the other and certainly not the old traditionalist views that are rehearsed in such a biased way as in this book.
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