The Mystery of the Princes Paperback – 23 Jan 1997
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Research presented in a more scholarly manner seems to indicate that Richard was not responsible for the disappearance, let alone the murders, of his nephews, and thus that Williamson is correct in her overall thesis. It is unfortunate the she did not choose to share with readers the basis for some of her suppositions.Read more ›
Richard comes out of the research well, and Henry VII very badly - not because of emotional partisanship, but on the evidence. By taking the story forward into the reign of Henry, Williamson's measured relating of the actions of both monarchs brings them into unavoidable contrast, and it is a contrast which highlights the way in which later Tudor propoganda maligned Richard and glossed over the undoubted tyrannies of Henry. But the character who comes worst out of this is Morton; traitor, spy and self-serving manipulator, a man who even under Tudor propoganda has come down to us surrounded by an odour of malevolence, he here appears on the evidence as a hugely important factor in the downfdall of the Yorkist dynasty and the triumph of the real usurping upstart - not Richard but Henry.
It is always nice, of course, to have one's prejudices justified by the facts, and any Richardian will find this a satisfying and enjoyable read. However, it should also be on the reading list of anyone interested in the Wars of the Roses, for the light it sheds on the political intrigues and sunterfuges of the last years of the period.Read more ›