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on 25 April 2017
Surprisingly good. Some original ideas that give a better understanding on why Richard behaved as he did on the fateful day. 22nd August 1485.
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on 26 April 2017
Good read very good book condition wise
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on 19 September 2007
This absolutely blew me away. Hallelujah! An historian who actually goes out and looks for new documentation on this most fascinating of periods and doesn't simply re-peddle all of the old arguments. I hope that this work inspires young historians. This book is written in a wholly captivating style, bringing the period of the Wars of the Roses and the enigma that is Richard III vividly to life. Dr Jones gives us what could be the real man and answers many of the questions that have perplexed. His research is beautifully detailed, his arguments conscise and engaging. This is the standard to attain.
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on 19 May 2003
Having read dozens of books on Richard, Henry VII and the wars of the Roses a number of questions had bothered me, some for years. This astonishing book has answered them all. The Richard who emerges from these pages is, I suppose, the man all Ricardians wanted to believe he was, and now the evidence is there to support what was previously regarded as "crackpot" history. The book explores fascinating new angles, refers to relatively new or unfamiliar sources and presents an interpretation so novel, so radical that the reader can only sit up and cry "Eureka!". I have never considered this of a "text" book before, but this one is "unputdownable".
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on 16 January 2003
This is more than a book about a battle. Bosworth 1485 - The Psychology of a Battle offers a completely new perspective on that period of English history we know as The Wars of the Roses. It is a challenge to long held assumptions and introduces valuable new contemporary source material. In my view it is the most important book on the subject to appear for many years and will be the yardstick for future debates about this period.
The central figure is Richard III, the most controversial of English Kings. Since his death on the 22nd August 1485 the King's reputation has see-sawed between extremes - Shakespeare's villain on the one side and an unblemished paragon on the other. The truth of course lies somewhere in-between.
Michael Jones' book enables us to place and judge Richard III not only in the context of his own time, but also in the context of his own family - The House of York. He provides arguments and evidence to suggest the possibility that there was something rotten at the heart of this family. It was a rottenness that Richard III, Hamlet-like, tried to remedy. The overthrow of his nephew Edward V, the elder of the two 'Princes in the Tower', an act prompted more by family duty than personal ambition.
Of the battle itself we have not only a new location but also a wholly new way of interpreting the manoeuvres and motivation of the combatants. Contrary to popular belief Richard III had an honourable cause to fight for at Bosworth and this he successfully communicated to his army who remained loyal to the end. Richard's heroic death and defeat was due more to bad luck than betrayal. And therein lies the true tragedy of Richard III.
To anyone with an interest in Richard III and Yorkist England the message from this review is a simple one. Read it.
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on 4 March 2007
Like many people with a basic secondary education my opinion of Richard was coloured by the likes of Shakespear and Thomas More, however last year I began to read more about the period and found myself drawn towards the Yorkist side despite my opinion that Richard killed or had killed the princes in the tower.

This book is nothing short of brilliant, the suppesitions are well thought out and any conjection is backed with compelling evidence. in addition this is the first book i've read that doesn't automatically place the battle around Ambion Hill.

If your interested in Richard the Third or The Cousins War then this book is a must
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on 8 October 2012
It is that rarity a genuinely original study of Richard III that avoids all the tired old cliches about the king's character to place him the context of his family and his time. In particular it explains how Edward IV clandestine marriage to Elizabeth Woodville became the catalyst for the disastrous implosion of the House of York. In the midst of this maelstrom Richard emerges as a man driven to act as much by the need restore the honour of his family as by personal ambition. The author bolsters his argument not only by examining new evidence but by also shifting the light to show how much of the truth about Richard's reign can actually be extracted from the evidence of Tudor propagandists and ministers such as More and Cromwell who were paid to denigrate him. I particularly liked the way Dr Jones shows how Shakespeare may have lifted many of the supposed events of the Battle of Bosworth from the descriptions the medieval cause celebre the Battle of Courtrai which had happened in 1302 over 183 years earlier. At a stroke he exposes how the Tudor account of Richard was more literary artifice than reality. I would strongly recommend this book to both students of history and lay readers who wish to understand Richard III and his world.
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on 26 March 2017
Michael Jones’ book is a fascinating exploration of the life of Richard III. Instead of viewing Richard as just a King, Jones’ puts Richard into the time in which he lived. He details the early years of Richard’s life, his father’s claim to the throne, death, and how these events ultimately shaped how Richard viewed himself and his destiny. Jones also proposes that Edward IV may not have been the legitimate heir to the English throne and this knowledge may have had a huge impact on how Richard viewed his own rights to the throne.

By seeing Richard as a man with his own morals, values and beliefs Jones details the Battle of Bosworth and how Richard would have approached such an important battle. Providing intricate details of the battle Jones details Richard’s last moments and why the King made the decisions that he did which ultimately lead to his tragic death.

Jones’ book is a fascinating look at the Battle of Bosworth and depicts Richard III as a man with personal motives, beliefs and a determination to fulfil his God given destiny. A brilliant book and a must have for any bookshelf.
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on 15 April 2013
This is one of the darkest books I have read about medieval history. The author writes excellently about how battles were fought then & about the story the relatives of the Duke of York made for themselves about the death of their husband & father. It portrays the Yorkist heirs like characters from a Sophoclean tragedy, the tragedy Shakespeare might have written. You may disagree with elements of the author's argument but read it - it is a gripping tale.
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on 27 July 2012
purchased this product on the basis that I am interested in all things related to Richard III and his era, and on the strength of the on line reviews and IT DID NOT disappoint a really excellent little book that is thoughtful and thought provoking a good read as well as good history recommended .
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