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Some Touch of Pity Paperback – 5 Dec 1977

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow Bks.; n.e. edition (5 Dec. 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099142007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099142003
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.4 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 643,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Another well written book about Richard 111. Although this book is out of print now I was able to obtain a used copy through Amazon's re-sellers. I enjoyed the positive nature of this story even though I was in no doubt about the final ending! Richard has been much maligned down the centuries and it is great to see more and more research being used to dissipate the lies and distortions of the past from Tudor times to our present times.
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.
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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 reprint is available, so I consider myself lucky to have found a used copy to purchase, read and treasure for life.

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.
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Of course, the problem with any novel about the life of Richard III is that we know how the story ends. The skill of the author lies in the way we are guided on the road to Bosworth, and in Some Touch Of Pity, Rhoda Edwards takes us on a heartbreaking, joyous, vibrant, sumptuous, memorable journey, culminating irrevocably as it does on that bloody battlefield in August 1485.

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.
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Wow what a great read. I found it so moving and so sad. Both Anne and Richard had such sad lives, but out of their sadness, I believe, they had a wonderful love for each other. This book was a love story. For the first twelve years they found such joy with each other and their son. Had Edward not wasted his life and Richard stayed in the North I wonder how their life would have been so different. Of course, Anne would have still died young, but she would have died in peace. For a little over half of this book it followed the last month's of Richard's life. You could feel his pain at losing young Edward and of course Anne. You could see the total betrayals of people who should have been loyal. I believe he rode down to meet Tudor to kill or be killed to finish all the betrayals and unrest in England. I think, given time, he would have remarried, had children and become a great king. After his death, Thomas More and Mr. Shakespeare completely destroyed his reputation and his was reviled for centuries. Thank goodness, history proved he wasn't the black hearted king the Tudors portrayed. Whatever happened to the Princes, we will never know. When they found King Richard's body, it proved he was not a hunch back that the Tudors portrayed, but had scoliosis which bent his back. This condition did not alter the fact that he was a great soldier who had trained hard from a young boy to be the best. Why oh why did they not bury him in York where he truly belonged. Why Leicester? I agree with Miss. Sutcliffe, this book was one of the most moving books ever written about King Richard III and his life and times.
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