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- Publisher: Amberley Publishing
- Format: Paperback | 272 pages
- Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 24mm | 280g
- Publication date: 1 December 2013
- Publication City/Country: Chalford
- ISBN 10: 1445615916
- ISBN 13: 9781445615912
- Illustrations note: 58 colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 33,075
The only biography to include the findings of the archaeological dig in the Leicester car park. Not many people would claim to be saints, or alternatively, consider themselves entirely without redeeming qualities. Some are unquestionably worse than others, but few have been held in greater infamy than Richard Plantagenet, afterwards Duke of Gloucester and, later still, King Richard III. Richard's character has been besmirched as often as it has been defended, and the arguments between his detractors and supporters still rage after several centuries. Was he a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne, a paragon of virtue who became a victim of Tudor propaganda, or (as seems more likely) something in between? Some would argue that a true biography is impossible because the letters and other personal documents required for this purpose are simply not available; but David Baldwin has overcome this by an in-depth study of his dealings with his contemporaries. The fundamental question he has answered is 'what was Richard III really like'. Consists of 81 illustrations, 57 of which are in colour.
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David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. He is an expert on Richard III and the House of York, and has published critically acclaimed books on Richard III and the Princes in the Tower and on Elizabeth Woodville, queen of Edward IV, the first of the Yorkist kings. He lives in Leicester.
PHILIPPA GREGORY (author of The White Queen) endorsement: 'A believably complex Richard, neither wholly villain nor hero'