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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sumptuous but Sketchy, 20 April 2013
This review is from: The Plantagenets: The Kings That Made Britain (Hardcover)
This is a very lovely, top-quality book; well produced and with wonderful illustrations. It is certainly a thing of great beauty that represents good value for money as an object in itself but the historical content is a sketchy precis of events. For instance, I was disappointed to read of Richard III's 'callous' usurpation and the comment that he could not have seized the throne if Edward V had been alive. Edward's proven illegitimacy was not examined and the usual Tudor myths are not refuted but, if anything, reinforced by that one damning word alone. If you want a lovely book to display on your coffee table, this is certainly for you. If you want a well argued and thoroughly researched history book, forget it.
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2013 06:30:35 BDT
So, you didn't like it because the author refused to go along with the revisionist (and minority) opinions concerning Richard III's murderous route to the throne?
You Ricardians....

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Aug 2013 17:38:17 BDT
polly says:
When you have properly absorbed ALL of the unabridgedevidence, surrounding those 3 months between April and July in 1483, then you might have a case for spouting off about incontravertible truth. You die-hards......

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Apr 2014 16:28:28 BDT
What you call minority other call enlightened, Hank dear.

In reply to an earlier post on 31 Aug 2014 16:49:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Aug 2014 16:52:58 BDT
Lady Godiva says:
A number of respected and eminent historians like the late Charles Ross consider Richard's actions to have constituted a legally dubious usurpation- and it was callous- not least because of the execution without trial of the Old King's loyal servants and relatives. I'm sure Hastings, Earl Rivers and Richard Grey would have considered it so.
Whether the Princes were illegitimate or not, Richard acted against his previous oaths of fealty, and ruthlessly in the elimination of those who stood in his way before coming to the throne. Typical Yorkist behaviour really.

Also, it is correct that Richard could never have been secure if Edward V was still alive- the same as Edward IV was not secure whilst Henry VI and his son lived. There could not be two kings- its pretty simple.
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