Richard III

Richard III : The Maligned King

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For centuries the vision of Richard III has been dominated by the fictional creations of Thomas More and Shakespeare. Voices have protested during the intervening years, some of them eminent and scholarly, urging a more reasoned view to replace the traditional black portrait. But historians, whether as authors or presenters of popular TV history, still trot out the old pronouncements about ruthless ambition, usurpation and murder. Annette Carson seeks to redress the balance by examining the events of his reign as they actually happened, based on reports in the original sources. Eschewing the overlay of assumptions so beloved by historians - about character, motivation and hidden intentions - instead she traces actions and activities of the principal characters, using facts and time-lines revealed in documentary evidence.Daring to investigate areas where historians fear to tread, this book raises some controversial questions. Was Edward IV assassinated? Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville engage in witchcraft? Why did Thomas More lay down his pen, leaving his dramatic attack on Richard unfinished? A quarter-century has passed since the last major publication defending Richard III. The final truth about events 500 years ago may never be uncovered; but after centuries of defamation, the case for reassessment is overdue a fair hearing.

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 10mm | 680g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd
  • StroudUnited Kingdom
  • 16 colour & 16 b&w
  • 0750949732
  • 9780750949736
  • 888,935

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About Annette Carson

Annette Carson is a renowned expert on aerobatics and her publications include Flight Fantastic: The Illustrated History of Aerobatics (1986) Haynes Publishing. Throughout this time she's maintained a fascination with the story of Richard III. She has lived in South Africa since 1990.

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