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Treason by [Whitford, Meredith]
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Sweeping, grand, ambitious … a fascinating historical novel, a wonderful work of fiction, and a romance of ages. -- Kara L Wolf

… sublime … historical fact melds seamlessly with historical fiction. -- Historical Novel Society Review

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1087 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (13 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AXNQJBS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,784 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Meredith Whitford should be commended for her excellent book on the Yorks and the Wars of the Roses time in which it is set. Apart from some (to a historian) glaring research errors (Viscount Lovel was NOT at Bosworth to see Richard III die) the book is exciting, well written, very easy to read, drawing the reader into the time and place effortlessly. It brings to life a much maligned monarch, Richard III, a victim of Shakespeare's need to have a villain, when there was no villain in the first place. It puts aside the many myths surrounding the king and shows the many problems he had to contend with during his unbelievably short reign. Treason indeed, from all sides, when all he sought to do was improve the lot of the common people. Take on board, all disbelievers, all those who believe Shakespeare 'got it right' (despite his writing fiction 100 years after the event) the words of the City of York on receiving the news of his death on the battlefield: 'King Richard, late mercifully reigning upon us, was through great treason piteously slain and murdered, to the great heaviness of this City.'
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I have been a devoted Ricardian since I read The Daughter Of Time many years ago and this is one the best books about Richard III have come across. It is narrated by Martin Robsart a fictional cousin and childhood friend of Richard. Starting when he was eight it gives great insight into Richard`s character and shows what a good king he was in his all too short reign. The characters of Richard's family and contemporaries are well drawn and the theory about the fate of the princes in the tower is perfectly believable. The book is well researched and a very good read. I only wish it could have had a happier ending but of course that's not possible.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Treason. I do enjoy military type stories normally they ones that I read tend to be more modern WW1 onwards. Treason though was a gripping story that blended fact with fiction seamlessly. It is a book that I could tell had been well written and researched. I am no historian but to me the author showed a depth to her understanding and that added to the books ability to make you feel you had been taken back in time to the War of the Roses.
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I have read many books, fact and fiction, about Richard III and this is by far and away the best.
It shows Richard in many different lights as seen through the eyes of his cousin and friend, the fictional Martin Robsart. The devoted friend and brother, tender lover of Anne Neville, the brilliant military commander and lastly the betrayed king. The minor characters are well portrayed too, making Anne a bit more lively than she is usually shown, and Edward IV is shown as a popular young king who degenerates into a sick, over indulgent man who could have done so much more. I didn't find the modern speech a problem as a previous reviewer did, in fact I think it helped move the story along more smoothly and it was only occasionally and fitted in quite well.
All in all I found this was an excellent book which I wouldn't have found without browsing on Amazon and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction about the late medieval period.
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The book details the life of Edward IV and Richard III as told from the point of view of his fictional cousin, Martin Robsart, who joins Richard's family after his is killed during conflicts between the Lancasters and The Yorks. While I don't normally care for stories told in the first person, it worked in this book as it placed the reader intimately in Richard's life, starting at age eight until the final decisive battle at Bosworth Field. I thoroughly enjoyed Martin's dry wit and his take on some of the people in Richard's life were quite funny at times -- especially those Woodvilles!

This was a very entertaining and fast paced read and contains a lot of rich period details, and the battle scenes were kept to a minimum, which was a refreshing change for this reader. My only quibbles are that the dialogue seems a bit too modern at times, and although the author's theory on the disappearance of the princes in the tower seemed quite plausible until I recalled that their remains were found buried in the Tower some years ago, so that pretty much blew her theory out the window.

All in all a very good read, and although it's not quite up to the perfection of Sharon Kay Penman's The Sunne in Splendor, it's still a pretty darn good book and a must for anyone interested in knowing more about this much maligned monarch, or for those Ricardians already out there. I'm going to knock off half a star due to the minor discrepancies noted above and give this one a solid 4.5 stars.

As a side note, for those Ricardians out there check out Brian Wainwright's hysterical send up of this period, The Adventures Of Alianore Audley. Mel Brooks couldn't have done better!
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I love history, I also like to be entertained - check out the excellent The Red And Savage Tongue (A tale of ethnic cleansing in the Dark Age forests of 5th century England) to see what I mean. So when I read the reviews stating that Treason was fast paced and mostly historically correct I decided to read it for myself. Wow! what an outstanding read. For me, reading is about being captivated as well as educated - if I just want pure historical knowledge I will buy a factual book.

`Treason' does inform, admittedly, but its capacity to engage and immerse the reader in an absorbing story line, whilst achieving `suspension of disbelief' is almost beyond words to describe. The much misaligned Richard III, at last gets a fair crack of the whip (I hope this book gets a surge after the discovery of the said monarch's remains recently.)

The first person narrative is polished and fluent, as Martin Robsart (his fictional cousin) guides us objectively through part of the life of his uncle. All the intrigue and interesting plot variations then unfold. A new twist on the age-old mystery of the fate of the princes is deftly woven into the storyline. Furthermore, the falling into decadence of Edward IV, is a sober reminder of how potential greatness came become unrealized.

A hackneyed phrase, I know, but this book really is hard to put down. This reader was engaged throughout. How did I miss this book for so long...excellent.
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