The World of Richard III Hardcover – 15 Feb 2015
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‘Engaging and accessible ... A must-read for anyone interested in the era’ (Amy Licence)
About the Author
Kristie Dean has been published widely in magazines and newspapers, as well as being involved in the International Congress on Medieval Studies. After completing her MA in History with high honours she began to teach and was the recipient of the Outstanding Teacher of the Year award for her district. She lives in Tennessee.
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However, on balance a good well crafted book, but a book that will tell you not very much about the world of Richard III.
In the new outburst of literary production that has very cleverly been planned to time in with the reburial of Richard III's mortal remains on March 26 2015, this book at least makes an original attempt to provide a one-stop shop for average readers with no or little knowledge of the dead King's life who would like to discover a little more and possibly plan a holiday on the footsteps of Richard Plantagenet Duke of Gloucester, later King Richard III. There's little you could not find for free on the internet by yourself, starting from the "Ricardian sites" section of the Richard III Society website, but if you do not feel like making the effort and prefer a tangible support, Ms Davis tackles her account the American practical way and provides a scholarly supported historical background of the sites mentioned in her work, keeping a rather neutral stance throughout the book. No new original historical research is made, scholarly sources used to build up the historical jigsaw are rather accurately quoted.
However, very little budget was dedicated to the graphic part of the book, as you can see from the appaling pic of Richard III's forensic facial reconstruction on the cover page (the most dreadful one I saw since it was presented to the general public in 2013). Most pictures of the sites presented in the book were made by the author on her tour with a standard digital camera whatever the weather conditions she met, often resulting in flat, lifeless, rather disappointing pictures of mostly wonderful places (Middleham first of all) that deserve a better representation. Since I think this ought to have been a very relevant and better thought of part of a book that aims at telling Richard's story through the visual presentation of the places related to his life, one star was lost in this respect. Moreover, the choice of the hardback cover does not really fit in the goal of a handy, practical guide for the historical tourist and more practical travel tips could have been provided alongside the historical hints. A second edition may eventually amend the negative sides of what is an original attempt to approach the Ricardian bandwagon and make honest profit from it.
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A refreshing new take on the Richard III story - a combination of travel guide and history book.Read more