Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third Paperback – 28 Feb 2006
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Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford — also known as Horace Walpole — was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician. (Wikipedia) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book was written in the 17th ? century and points out many questions of doubt in that century as to the lies spread about by the Tudors regarding Richard. If you are interested in the finding of his body, please read this book. On your Kindle.
I like how the author comes across as just being disgusted with the blind belief and downright slander so prevalent in the topic.
The style of writing is wonderfully archaic and was a real pleasure to read.
Nowhere else is it stressed just how barbaric were the goings on of the supposed nobility in the fourteen hundreds, that eliminating rivals was expected, people fall into the trap of judging these people by today's societies standards.
Judging by what we know of Richard's possessions and law making and work as Duke of Gloucester he was probably a good ruler, chivalrous and possibly a bit too naive for the period, hence his downfall.
I like the thought of him being a good knight and in my heart I think that the Prince Edward died of whatever ailment was plaguing him in the tower and that the younger Prince was sent abroad to be raised in secret. And I think that Richard didn't take any steps to defend his actions regarding the Princes because he genuinely didn't believe a defence was warranted. I think he was killed in battle by traitors prior to the slander being spread widely enough to concern him.
All that bloodshed and turmoil would undoubtedly have toughened Richard up over the years, he would probably have been a nasty piece of work, but I can't see how a man so interested in the law and fairness and chivalry, as he was believed to have been, could countenance the murder of ANY children never mind his beloved brothers children.
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