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This is a raging boar...,
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This review is from: G - Loyalty Binds Me : a novel of King Richard III (Kindle Edition)This is an excellent, unsentimental telling of the uncertainty and confusion following the premature death of Edward IV. It portrays Richard as capable of savagery - the scene where he personally assaults Hastings actually at the block is shocking - yet Lovell, the main narrator, while terrified by the change in his boyhood friend, perceives that the Duke's motive is security. Morton runs the plot, like a spider, ably seconded by Margaret Beaufort. Characters well known from history are brought fully to life, the political manoevering is canny, and there is a wonderful accompaniment of period detail, the boar hunt, the printing press, the bear baiting. Any softness - Lovell's feelings for Jane Shore and guilt for Rivers' death, the vulnerability of the young princes - is rightly presented as secondary to the onrush of events. That is how life is. My only criticism would be the placing of the Historical Note at the start of the book. It is a novel, after all, not a textbook, but that's merely a matter of personal taste. Once I began reading, I was hooked.