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- Print Length: 220 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499691327
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0056IC9SM
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- Average Customer Review: 23 customer reviews
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Richard III: His Life & Character [Illustrated] Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I have read lots of books on this subject and period and Markham crops up in most of them, generally described as a pro Ricardian and usually has his feud with James Gairdner referred to. I never really felt any urge to read Markham's book, but I'm really glad I did.
I liked the layout- everything is split into nice, easily accessible chapters and paragraphs and is an engaging and interesting read. It also lacks the all pervading pomposity of some modern books on this subject.
Markham is a very interesting character in his own right, a geographer and explorer, a very intelligent man.
Whatever his thoughts on Richard III, he has done plenty of research and there are some very interesting little nuggets of information I have never read anywhere else, taken from the original manuscripts and sources.
The style of writing is dated (obviously), but I quite liked this. Although it could tend to be overblown, it gave a good feel of the style of Markham's era.
I found Markham's attitude to Margaret of Anjou and her son interesting. To me, Markham was not swayed by the usual pro York/Lancaster or Tudor/Plantagenet side taking, he seemed to admire certain people for no other reason than the qualities he saw in their characters (real or imagined).
Margaret of Anjou is (unusually),portrayed as a brave, valiant woman. And her son, Edward, as some sort of chivalric hero, despite very little being known of him.
Edward is usually viewed as being "warlike", yet in his day, this would have been a valuble quality.Read more ›
IMHO King Richard III deserves a state funeral and internment alongside his Queen, in Westminster Cathedral.
The book has obviously been researched thouroughly. The arguments used in Richards defense are very well constructed
and have the ring of truth about them.
I commend this book to every loyal Englishman.
Looking forward to other comments on this book.
It brings up facts I had not heard before so whether they have been re-interpreted in recent years it is difficult to tell.
Takes a bit of getting used to the authors writing style seeing as it was written 100 years ago but you soon get used to it
I don't know if it stems from the time when it was written, but I found the overblown language, eg "vile traitor", "evil" and so on, rather irritating. I wasn't convinced by all the writer's arguments, and I think his emotive language was part of the reason; A more dispassionate approach would have served this frequently misjudged king rather better.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Haven't read all of it yet but what I have read I have enjoyed and find it easy to read!Published 23 months ago by ValerieW
This seems a really good handling of the facts available about this king.Published on 2 May 2015 by Amazon Customer
If you're a Richard III fan there is everything you ever wanted to know right here. I purchased the kindle version but think the book would be preferable because it would be... Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2015 by Marjorie Gray
I read this as a layman not as an historian. I liked his writing style which was clear and easy to read. Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 2014 by Mr Geoffrey Stovold
Contradicts a lot of 'superstitions' which came about after Henry VII came to the throne.Published on 28 Aug. 2014 by Jamie Harrison
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