Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower


By (author) Peter A. Hancock

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 22mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752457977
  • ISBN 13: 9780752457970
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 246,671

Product description

Richard III is accused of murdering his nephews (the 'Princes in the Tower') in order to usurp the throne of England. Since Tudor times he has been painted as the 'black legend', the murderous uncle. However, the truth is much more complicated and interesting. Rather than looking at all the killings Richard III did not commit, this book focuses on the one execution for which we know that he was responsible. On Friday 13 June 1483, William, Lord Hastings was hustled from a meeting of the Royal Council and summarily executed on Tower Green within the confines of the Tower of London. Peter A. Hancock sheds light on the mystery of this precipitate and unadvised action by the then Duke of Gloucester and reveals the key role of William Catesby in Richard's ascent to the throne of England. It explains his curious actions during that tumultuous summer of three kings and provides an explanation for the fate of the 'Princes in the Tower'.

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Author information

Peter A. Hancock is a psychology professor at the University of Central Florida. He lives in Orlando, Florida.

Review quote

"Hancock not only knows his stuff, but he is able to present his theories lucidly, making what is frankly quite a difficult argument easy and entertaining to understand." --"Ripperologist"