The Seventh Son: A Unique Portrait of Richard III Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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The book cries out to be made into a TV serial, every bit as compelling as ELIZABETH R or the version of Robert Graves's CLAUDIUS books (The Scotsman)
A hugely enjoyable read (Glasgow Herald)
Tannahill's Richard is complicated, ruthless, sometimes troubled, but no plaster saint (The Scotsman)
Enthralling...a highly satisfying story (Pocklington Post)
Praise for Reay Tannahill:
'A rattling good yarn' The Times
'A sweeping grandeur touched novel with superb characterisations' Publishers Weekly
'There's romance, humour and, above all, a display of brilliant storytelling' Woman(Various)
A brilliant novel about England's most enigmatic king, Richard III.See all Product Description
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If I had to choose a word to describe this attempt it would be 'workmanlike'. She's done her best to clarify the complex politics and relationships of the Wars of the Roses with a family tree, an introduction and endnotes (although within the novel itself the explanations can get rather tangled and clunky), and she takes us through all the familiar events very efficiently. But all it boils down to is another straightforward account of the story, albeit her version. There's no attempt to do anything with it, to give it a new slant or focus, and compared to the Penman version it's very skimpy.
It strikes me as a book that was written to flesh out her theories about how and why Richard gained and then lost the throne. Her depiction of the plotting of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor, and her two chief partners in crime, Cardinal Morton and Reginald Bray, is very convincing. She could be right - who knows? - but it doesn't make for a very compelling novel.Read more ›
While Tannahill's characterization was not the most enjoyable that I have read, it is quite possible that it is accurate. This fiction account takes into consideration known facts and varying theories about Richard and his motivations. I can accept that he was not the ideal man in every way, but do wish she had painted him as a more loving husband. He also seemed to fall apart a little too much at the death of his brother. Maybe too many bad decision, and other people's ability to manipulate him, were explained away by the fact that he "just wasn't himself yet."
What I enjoyed most about this book was the way Tannahill explained how and why events happened and people made decisions that they made. She may not be correct, of course, but she at least created a motivation that makes sense unlike some other authors who give us people betraying Richard and leave us wondering why. A couple of these incidents seemed a little far fetched - Elizabeth leaving sanctuary because she was bored and all of the negative propaganda coming from Reginald Bray - but for the most part her reasoning was compelling. It made sense why Richard could become so vilified when he began as such a honorable, dependable, well-liked brother of the King.Read more ›
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Anyone who loves history of this time will enjoy this book. If you are looking for romance it is not for you.Published 7 months ago by ESW
One of the worst books I've read in ages. All dialogue and very little historical fact. Will stick to established authors like Philippa Gregory in the future. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Jacqueline Hunter
An intriguing tale of power, betrayal, and a retelling of the mystery of the murder of the boy princes in the Tower. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Val W.
I found this book enjoyable and would imagine that Richard was actually a lot like the one portrayed.Ricardians will like it.Published on 10 Mar. 2014 by Sparky
It's not as good as "The Sunne in Splendour", but still an enjoyable read. I recommend it to those who like historical novels, and those who want the true story of Richard... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2013 by Mrs. G. Beswick
King Richard III is beautifully portrayed in this book, with great honesty and sensitivity, and rightly so. All Ms. Read morePublished on 6 Aug. 2013 by Starpaws