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The Killing of Richard III: Wars of the Roses I Paperback – 20 Jun 2013
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A well-crafted and timely historical adventure (Choice magazine)
Murder, mystery and bloody battle meet in Robert Farrington's brilliant novel of the life and death of Richard IIISee all Product Description
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Believe me all the best books written about Richard are the oldest...do also try Robert Farrigtons "Tudor agent."
Another great writer, Rosemary Hawley Jarman wrote sympathetically but realistically of Richard the man and the period of the wars of the roses...
Seeing Robert Farringtons 'The killing of Richard the third' with its bright new cover inspired me to write this review of a book i sought out and read so long ago. Surely its only a matter of time before more of these great writers are re marketed because of present interest in that period...i will be looking out for them ..hope you will too!
The hero, Henry Morane, a fictional character, is chief clerk to John Kendall, a real historical figure who was Secretary to King Edward IV, and held the same position under Richard Duke of Gloucester when he was first Lord Protector and then King Richard III. Morane becomes involved in spying for the King on the intrigues and plots of treacherous barons such as Sir William Stanley and of the King's rival, Henry Tudor (later Henry VII).
Effectively Morane is a sort of 15th century Yorkist James Bond.
This is the first in a trilogy of books about his adventures, which consists of:
1) "The Killing of Richard III"
2) "Tudor Agent: Wars of the Roses II"
3) "The Traitors of Bosworth: Wars of the Roses III"
The book contains a large amount of historical detail, some true, some speculation, usually described in an entertaining and accessible way.
Richard III has been presented by Tudor propaganda as a monster and tyrant, and the murderer of his nephews, the Princes in the Tower. Henry Morane is clearly devoted to him and does not share that view, part of the story being around his attempts to discover and bring to justice the real murderers.
Most novels dealing with this period tend either to portray Richard III either as a near saint (An example being the brilliant "...Read more ›
Interestingly, the author died in 1994, aged nearly 80, so it seems that this reissue of a book first published in 1971 and which I had not come across before, has been timed neatly to capture peoples' interest after the discovery of Richard III's remains. It's a pity the author did not live to see this, as you get the impression from this novel that he would have felt a lot of respect for Richard. His empathetic portrayal of the man who found himself in the rather unenviable role of King of England at a time of such turmoil and with threats from all sides is welcome.
This is a really good novel of Richard III; while it only covers the last two years of his life, we get a new perspective on times that may seem familiar to many through the eyes of Henry Morane. Great stuff.
I was sort of expecting a mystery story centred around the princes in the tower theme, but it's not, as such. That whole mystery seems to be "resolved" quickly with the poor old Duke of Buckingham neatly getting the blame for it.
The story revolves around Henry Morane, a canny medieval clerk to King Richard's secretary, John Kendall. After a run in with one of the Stanley's, he gets (sort of) employed by Richard III to do a spot of spying/general adventuring.
Richard himself doesn't really come into it that much- just pops up every now and then for a bit of "suspicious gazing" and to give Henry the low down on his next task.
It's really boy's own adventures, Plantagenet style- not usually my cup of tea,but it's hugely entertaining.
I loved Henry Morane and his feisty missus (Matilda),he is quite an amoral, cynical character, but very believable and likeable.
I think whichever era, Plantagenet/Tudor etc- Henry Morane would fit in with and the book would be equally as good.
I also enjoyed some of the language Robert Farrington has the characters use- "God's Hooks!", "God's buttocks!" - was this really a medieval term? I'm not sure- but I found it very amusing.
After Richard is killed at Bosworth, Farrington seems to leave the door open for Henry to have further adventures, as the new Tudor King saves him from the wrath of the Stanley's.
I was really pleased to discover that Henry's story continues under Henry VII- in "Tudor Agent", no idea what that will be like but I will be giving it a try.
The book is really well written, not sentimental, and very well paced. God's hooks!!- it was a really great read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Superb fictional account of the last years of Richard III, thoroughly plausible, minutely researched. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Caroline
This is an entertaining book about one of the lesser known characters of history. Richard is a presence as are the other personages of the time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pappashanga
Not a bad read would have liked more historical facts seemed to spend too much time on Henry morane and his lady Matilda would have liked to read a bit more from the Tudor... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Nigel Thornton
Wonderful faction book- love reading about past royaltyPublished 23 months ago by Miss Sally Hardie
This is a very good book it is very well written and historically believable the description of the facts and battles is very well written I would recommend this book yPublished on 27 Aug. 2014 by Rosiemwall
I am an absolute sucker for stories on, or based around the life and times of Richard III. I have read a lot of novels on this subject, (a vast majority of them being pro-Richard,... Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2014 by Rigsby