Some Touch of Pity Paperback – 5 Dec 1977
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I would recommend this book if you are interested in the Yorkist faction from the 15th century,the author gives life to Lady Anne and her undoubted love for Richard and her ill fated little son. This book discounts the possibility that little Edward was in fact murdered by the Lancastrians and other books think that this is quite likely. Not being a historian I tend to think it is very possible given the plotting behind Richard's back. As with other books, I kept thinking, Richard why did you insist on giving so many chances to those who did not deserve it, for instance Lord Stanley's wife who was plotting with her son Richmond in Brittany and Archbishop Morton another one who was determined to bring Richard down. History might have been quite different if he had dealt differently with these and other people. A good read if you get the chance to obtain this book.
The storyline is very well researched from a historical point of view and covers Richard III's last 2 and a half years, from his last happy days in Middleham as duke of Gloucester and Lord of the North on his brother's King Edward IV behalf in March 1483, through the dramatic turmoils that followed Edward's death and eventually led to Richard's coronation, down to the personal tragedies of the losses of both his son and heir and his beloved wife to end with his final demise at Bosworth on 22nd August 1485.
The tale is splitted in chapters giving voice to the different characters, from his wife Anne to Richard himself, to their phisician, etc. This structure may at first create some confusion, but by the third chapter the reader already realises this deploy is infact effective to the overall dramatisation and by prince Edward's death you are helplessly drawn into the story with such energy and moving details that you sway from never wanting to stop reading to wishing you could rewrite history and spare the heartbreaking tragedy of Richard's fall.
The author recreates details vividly and very plausibly, so much so that e.g. the description of how Richard's corpse was transported from the battlefield to Leicester, of the postmortem injuries, etc. seems to have been written after the 2012 discovery of his remains in the dig of former Grey Friars'grave site, and not some 40 years earlier.Read more ›
Like its equally wonderful prequel Fortune's Wheel, which charts Richard's life from 1468 to 1472, Some Touch Of Pity paints Richard as a man with both flaws and strengths - a decent man in many respects, but very much the product of the era in which he lived, when life was often cheap and treachery lay around every corner. Once again, Edwards' portrait of Richard is sympathetically drawn, yet balanced; he is neither the perfect prince as portrayed by some fervent Ricardians, nor the nightmarish crookback of his detractors.
Here, we witness the life of Richard during the tumultuous final two years of his life through the eyes of those who came into his orbit, and the ill-fated King himself. These voices echo down the centuries and ring with authenticity; the sights, sounds and smells of Richard's world are richly evoked, and the language in particular sings. As with Edwards' previous novel, the beating heart of the tale is the love between Richard and Anne; tender and achingly beautiful as it is, it thankfully never veers into Mills & Boon territory. It is a visceral, real, honest love, deep and binding. No wonder, then, that some of the most searingly heartbreaking passages in the book occur as Anne's illness progresses, and at its fatal conclusion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this book well written and informative. It would have been helpful to have a few dates at the beginning of the chapters. A goo historical account.Published 4 days ago by Book worm
I didn't know this was written in 1977 - but it hardly matters with historical novels. I was very soon immersed in 1483 to 1485 and found it heart wrenching and so, so sad. Read morePublished 9 days ago by felinefemale
Insight into Richard 3 rds life. family. Was it his bad luck that Stanley didn't help his fight with Henery .Published 1 month ago by Rosie
Written 40 years ago this novel is rightfully regarded as a classic of Ricardian fiction.
Everyone has their own version of Richard and Edwards creation is a man of high... Read more
I've loved this book ever since I read a proof copy while I was working at a booksellers in 1976. It's the first novel I read about Richard III were he wasn't a villain and it... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Muriel Shaw
This book was first published in 1977 with the title "Some Touch of Pity" and later as "The Broken Sword" in another edition, but most unfortunately no recent... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Isabella
Excellent book about Richard 111 and his oh so short reign as King of England.Published 12 months ago by MICHAEL MOORE