Sacred King: Richard III: Sinner, Sufferer, Scapegoat, Sacrifice Paperback – 13 Aug 2014
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I read quite a lot of historical novels and, inevitably, the big disappointment with them is that you know the ending right from the start; and I tend to avoid fantasy novels because - well, I think that maybe the scientist bit of me just finds them annoying and contrived, but I was very impressed with the author's weaving together of old legends with scrupulously researched historical fact.
All-in-all - a 'must' for Ricardians.
Particular highlights for me were the thrilling retelling of Bosworth- Reedman can clearly do straight history extremely well- and Richard’s encounter with the terrifying Black Annis. I also enjoyed his metaphorical ascent to redemption and the way Reedman handled the tricky heaven question. The modern day car park scenes were a bit too sentimental for me but I’m sure will appeal to Ricardians. Certainly there is more to the man than the likes of Shakespeare would have us believe.
I couldn't put the book down. Good fantasy novel. A female visitor meets Richard's ghost at the foot of his statue and the novel leaves him there. We have to assume he reunites with Anne eventually and all his family including the princes who would forgive him after releasing them from becoming Annis Black's next meal! Has a Hansel and Gretal ring to it.
The book would appeal to Recardians, spiritualists and fantasy fans alike. Anti Richard III buffs would enjoy reading about how he is forced to attone for his sins and having to face his demons much like Scrouge in Christmas Carol.
This is a must buy and read!
Folklore and the Mythology of the Sacred King ,who must die for the good of the land,are layered through the historical happenings,and beyond,to the aftermath of the Battle.
The author knows her history and creates a flawless blending of the real and the mythical. Heartily recommend this one. I'll be getting the print version when it's available!
I received a copy of this book in return for a fair review.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I liked the way that myth and real history wove together so you felt you were travelling with Richard from death to eternal peacePublished 1 month ago by N Boxer
I read fantasy and historical books (both fact and fiction), so when I heard about this book I was intrigued. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Julie C
I was really amazed at all the good reviews of this book. It is a very small book and there are no page numbers. Read morePublished 7 months ago by C Perry
I couldn't put this down, an unusual, brilliantly crafted and well thought out bookPublished 8 months ago by Hannah Eliza
This rating is based on the authors new take on the man so previously maligned and dehumanized..this story weaves past and present breathing life into a man previously relegated to... Read morePublished 9 months ago by stephen paul copping
I don't know why, but I didn't like this book. I'm not giving it two stars only, as it's not the book's fault, but I found it depressing with these strange witches appearing all... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Diana
With over 70 years interest in Richard and always convinced beyond doubt that he was a victim of Tudor propaganda I selected this book for curiosity and 'entertainment' value only. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Guineapig
I personally do not like novels mixing real historical figures with fantasy scenarios like elves, after life, etc. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Isabella
This book is addictive. Once I started reading it I had great difficulty in putting it down. I don't usually go for fantasy, but this is very well done. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Pilgrim