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, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: 'Loyalty in me Lieth': King Richard III and Francis Viscount Lovel (Paperback)
I was deeply disappointed by this book. I initially set off with significant sympathy for the position being taken both in terms of the content (more on the relationship between Richard and Francis)and also in terms of 'Mr Hogg's' approach - i.e. not a boring factual hard read but not a romanticised 'novel.My problems lie in my profound annoyance with the very poor punctuation,spelling and grammar - all of which could have been edited. Also I was concerned that for someone who obviously has read widely on the subject and can quote ad nauseum that there were some really silly errors. The author's obsession with grounding this 'story' in fact has led to so many inserted quotations that it drives the reader mad.
It is a real shame as he is obviously a revisionist (and I count myself as a Richardian)so I have tremendous sympathy with his position although I like to think that I approach the subject with a true spirit of enquiry. I almost feel bad being critical but I was so distracted by the needless errors that it put me off reading the book. I also felt he slightly chickened out in terms of posing a realistic solution for what happened to Francis and it is hard to believe that he (Francis) could have been so devoted to someone who is as unlikeable as Hogg portrays Richard.
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