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This review is from: The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family (Kindle Edition)
I have to say that what the author wrote about the Woodvilles was good and I feel that history has not been fair to them. I think they suffered bad reputation because they were a large family. Had there been no more than six children by Jacquetta, Dowager Duchess of Bedford and Lord Rivers, Richard Woodville, it would not have seemed that they had taken over Edward IV's court. Richard, Duke of Gloucester it seemed had been influenced by his family regarding the Woodvilles.
By the time the author got to 1483, she became biased and I'm afraid to say, said the usual things about Richard III. Maybe one one of the very few who feel that both the Woodvilles and Richard III had not been treated fairly by history. However, I do feel he was wrong to exeucte Anthony Woodville and Richard Grey and it was over something which was minor. It made me even more anti=death penalty despite the popularity of its return in this country. Today, far from being 'treason', at most Anthony and his nephew Richard could have been accused of kidnapping their royal relative but on the other hand, the Duke of Gloucester could have equally been accused of that. Perhaps eventually King Richard eventually came to regret his actions.
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Initial post: 5 Jan 2014 13:07:48 GMT
Interesting review- thanks. I don't know a great deal about the Woodvilles but would like to know a bit more. I am pondering buying this book but I want something neutral and not favouring either "side".
I do feel the Woodvilles' poor historical reputation is probably unfair- but I also don't want to read a Woodville love-in either, which I'm getting the impression this book could potentially be.(could be wrong- just my impression).
Maybe I'll try the free sample and give it a try- or if anyone could suggest a good, neutral Woodville starting point I would be very grateful.
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Apr 2014 18:05:23 BDT
Olivia Butler says:
This author is openly hostile toward Richard III and mocks him at will whenever she can. She is not a qualified historian and makes no attempt at objectivity.
The opening paragraph of this tome gives the game away, without having to bother with unoriginal and biased musings.
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