The Princes in the Tower: Did Richard III Murder His Nephews, Edward V & Richard of York? Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013
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‘Wilkinson investigates the prime suspects, asks whether they might have survived & presents her own theory about what really happened’ (All About History) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Josephine Wilkinson is an author and historian. She received a First from the University of Newcastle where she also read for her PhD. She has received British Academy research funding and has been scholar-in-residence at St Deiniol's Library, Britain's only residential library founded by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone She now lives in York, Richard III's favourite city.
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Yes it goes through all that's probable/possible/likely etc., but it doesn't (and cannot) answer the question stated in the title anymore than anyone else can. It's main saving grace is that it doesn't make statements of 'fact' (which are not and cannot be proven) whereas some other so called historians do.
As other reviewers have noted we do not find out what really happened to the boys, but the process of uncovering chronological time lines to understand who was where and doing what at the time was very interesting, as was the fact that contemporary accounts all differ from each other in their explanation of what happened to the young Edward V and his brother The Duke of York.
Were they murdered, were they spirited away abroad, were they drowned, buried under the steps in the Tower of London or were they indeed smothered in their beds?
Being sentimental I would like to think that the path was made clear for Henry VIII to become king and the boys were sent away with the permission of their Mother, but the fact That Richard III did not appear to defend himself from the rumors that he had killed them was very interesting (implicating??).
This book is quite easy to read but could have done with some family trees and perhaps an injection of other pictures to aid the readers understanding. I had to get out a British History book to read alongside this one as I started to become confused as to who was the father of who, who was married to who and what the family links were.
Wilkinson kind of takes it for granted that the reader is well versed in Tudor History but the many mentions of copious family members and even contemporary various other persons was hard to get your head around.Read more ›
A must book to read and have in your collection.
Each chapter looks at a different suspect of aspect of the mystery. I've given only three stars not because there was anything particularly wrong with what was written, I think I just expected that Wilkinson had uncovered something new or had a stunning new theory to present! The downside with reading non-fiction books on the Kindle can be that you get to about 75% in and it suddenly ends with the rest of the book being footnotes, bibliography etc.
It is a good and lucid look at the facts and the arguments, so not a bad book, just nothing new and didn't meet the expectations I had formed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Present for a history addict and he loved it still refers to it.
Just as frustrating as all the Princes books because no one will ever know what happened unless the Queen... Read more
Prompt service and a well written book but no new revelation as was promised. I finished the book feeling I could have written the book myself but it would be a good intruduction... Read morePublished on 18 July 2014 by Clio
Not quite as enjoyable as I thought it would be. Author made a lot of use of quotations written in Olde Englyshe which in my opinion detracted from a straight forward view given on... Read morePublished on 28 May 2014 by Mary O.
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