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A true revelation,
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UNFAIR, that's how I felt finishing reading this book. UNFAIR that we don't know the truth about Richard III and his rule, that we must rely on the inspiration and imagination of this brilliant author, describing those bloody and tumultous times.
UNFAIR is how Richard III has been treated posthumously. Although he is described in the book as almost a faultless person, his consciousness and devotion being his drawbecks in those times when people were so treacherous, blood-thirsty, avaricious, striving for power and driven by their wildest ambitions (probably also that's why almost they all found their way to the block eventually, taking a few innocent along too), we must acknowledge that if a monarch can't punish those who threatenhis personal safety or interests of the state, he's condemned to be deposed In general, I've tried before to understand the conflict between Y&L and read a couple of non-fictional book about it, but was lost in a whirpool of names, dates, titles and battles. Only after this book I have quite clear idea who was who in this war, how events developed and why this period is truly called one of the bloodes in the history of England. It's a long book, covering about 25 years of the period, but it can be our share of returning Richard III his good name. It would also be UNFAIR if you don't discover this book for yourself!