The Daughter of Time Paperback – 4 Sep 2013
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"Most people will find The Daughter Of Time as interesting and enjoyable a book as they will meet in a month of Sundays" (Observer)
"A detective story with a very considerable difference. Ingenious, stimulating and very enjoyable" (Sunday Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A classic mystery from the Golden Age of detective fiction --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Incidentally, the title comes from the saying: "Truth is the daughter of time."
All I knew about Richard III and the princes in the tower I got from Shakespeare's play, which is far from flattering for the king. The portrait painted of him in this book is very different. It's incredibly fascinating, but I'm not quite sure how seriously to take it. But the mix of mystery and history is fun, and it's a joy to read. Perhaps the most interesting part is the general discussion of how history is written by the victors.
The title of the book is derived from a historical source, as it is attributable to Sir Francis Bacon, "For truth is rightly named after the daughter of time, and not of authority." The book itself is not a traditional mystery but rather an application of deductive reasoning to an actual historical event. The event in question is the murder of the princes in the tower, sons of King Edward IV, allegedly by their uncle, Richard III, who eventually usurped the English throne after the death of his brother. It has been widely held that Richard III did, indeed, murder the two young princes, his nephews, in order to secure his claim to the throne.
The reader is introduced to Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant, who is hospitalized and recovering from injuries sustained in the line of duty. While convalescing, he becomes intrigued by a picture of a portrait of Richard III, a likeness with which he is unfamiliar. Grant is puzzled that someone with such a sensitive face could have been such a monster as to murder his two nephews in cold blood. So, our intrepid Inspector decides that he will reconsider the evidence upon which such a dastardly assumption has been based.Read more ›
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I heard the BBC radio adaptation of this many years ago and wanted to read the book. It is fascinating.Published 15 days ago by KatySparrow
A necessary read for all those willing to admit that good king Richard III was maligned by the Tudors. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don
the story itself would have 5* but this edition has spent all the money on the nice cover and very little on the cheap paper and bleeding ink inside. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Margaret R.
Bought this on a recommendation from a friend and it doesn't disappoint. A very well-written, fascinating look (from a unique perspective) at a complex historical personality.Published 1 month ago by KB
Is this the first example of a detective in hospital solving a historic murder?
I hadn't known about Tonypandy before, it's been quite an education, thank you Josephene!
A really good fictional account which places Richard lll in a different light ofPublished 2 months ago by John Fuller