Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn' Hardcover – 5 Oct 2009
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About the Author
John Ashdown-Hill is a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Europeen d'Etudes Bourguignonnes. The author of "The Last Days of Richard III," he has been heavily involved in the DNA testing of Richard III's remains. He is also the author of Eleanor, the Secret Queen"; "Royal Marriage Secrets"; and" The Third Plantagenet." He has appeared on NPR and the Smithsonian Channel as an expert on Richard III. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
A great book for those with an interest in the War of the Roses/Tudor England, John Howard's life, career and companionship of Richard III is well documented in this throughly researched book. Very good read and would recommend highly
I initially thought Howard was just some random chap who Richard III bribed onto his side by letting him have the disputed Mowbray lands, but he was a long standing and faithful servant of the Plantagenet family.
I enjoyed the insights into his life, his involvement with the navy, his career as a faithful servant of Edward IV and to Cecily. Also, the more personal aspects were interesting. I had read elsewhere Howard was a violent man, but he does not emerge from this book in that way. He had a bit of an incident with the Pastons, but that was it.
He is portrayed as a lover of music and interested in modern developments such as the mechanised clock.
Little things, such as his ordering a quarter of a porpoise (can't say I'd fancy that much- fishy blubber anyone??), his shoes, medicines,trips to the inn, etc bring him to life.
His religous life is also presented, showing a deep and seemingly genuine piety.
The book does, as the title suggests, deal with his involvement with Richard III. I found Howard's reaction to Richard interesting and quite perplexing.
He obviously knew the family well; he was involved with Cecily, Edward and Richard over many years. There seemed to be more to his involvement in the whole Richard/usurpation situation than just getting his hands on the Mowbray inheritance, maybe I'm being too generous to Howard here and he was just looking after no.1, but it does seem as if he genuinely did support the idea of Richard taking the throne.
Why, though, is unclear. The precontract theory is raised, though I'm personally a bit sceptical with this (bit too convenient for my liking).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A wonderful account of John Howard and his close relationship with Richard both before and after he became king. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pam
Being connected with the Howard family and my own ancestors mention, I enjoyed this edition ,certainly recommend for history readers and studentsPublished 18 months ago by yelpmet
I found this difficult to get into it is an academic style of writing which when you want light reading on holiday is not for you. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2014 by B. Rutherfoord
John Ashdown hill does not disappoint, well researched and fascinating history at its best.Published on 7 July 2014 by Mrs SCR Mintram-Mason
Frist I want to prais Ashdown-Hill for his meticulous scrutiny, I should say ,of Richard and everything that surrounded him.That makes Ashdown-Hill reliable. Read morePublished on 27 Nov. 2013 by Synnoeve Pedersen
This author knows his period...and how to bring it to life. I like anything that deals with this period, especially if it concerns Richard III is any way. Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2013 by jazzycat
Arrived promptly, well packaged etc.
Book in good condition.
Enjoyed the book, interesting read. Read more
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