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Immersive and informative with some very 'a la Mantel' moments,
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This review is from: The Worm of Conscience (Kindle Edition)
This book is the War of the Roses as seen through the life of a real-life commoner called Miles Metcalf who is trained in law in London and eventually becomes Richard III's own trusted lawyer.
Depicting the life of many of the smaller names of this period of history, the book makes you realise how the Yorkshire people were inextricably bound to the White rose because their lives were all united in a deep reliance and security which translated to a natural loyalty toward their own local principles - which may partly explain why this feeling about Richard persists in Yorkshire to this day.
Yet it avoids the trap of being really pro-white rose, and shows the cracks and failures that lead to the inevitable end.
The very nice and extensive depiction of the London of this particular period is positively 'a la Mantel', and is a really good evocation of imagery. It is also really nice to see other parts of the English country and its life being so well drawn too.
I've somewhat failed to have a consistent and contiguous understanding of this period of English history, and this book has framed the whole period really well for me.
It is also worth noting that it appears that virtually all the characters are real people from history and the book also appears to have years of solid research behind it.
If you are looking for a detailed, immersive historical read, then this is just what you are looking for.