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Richard III : England's most controversial king
2018
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<p> Chris Skidmore graduated with a double first in History at Christ Church, Oxford, where he continued with postgraduate research. Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and in 2010 was elected Member of Parliament for Kingswood. He is Vice-Chairman of the All Party Group for History and Archives and a member of the Education Select Committee.</p> <p>Chris is the author of Death and the Virgin Queen , The Rise of the Tudors , and Edward VI .</p>
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Skidmore (Bosworth: The Birth of the Tudors) successfully creates a balanced biography of the famously complicated last king of the Yorkist line. This well-researched chronological narrative searches for something close to the objective truth, navigating between the subsequent Tudor dynasty's once widely accepted disparagement of Richard as a deceitful, murderous man, and the smaller but fervently devoted Richard III Society's defense of him as pious and kind. Richard's sense of loyalty receives full attention; first to his brother and predecessor, Edward IV, and then to his supporters in the north of England. Notably, the recent finding and exhumation of Richard's body allows Skidmore to buttress his argument that, contrary to Shakespeare's version, the king spent his final hours fighting bravely, without hope of victory, against the forces of the man who took the throne from him, the future Henry VII. However, unlike some full-fledged Richard III apologists, Skidmore does not discount the possibility that Richard, during his reign, murdered his young nephews, Edward V and Prince Richard. While the label of "most controversial king" remains arguable, this carefully researched biography effectively captures Richard's turbulent reign and intense personality up to the violent end. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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<p> From acclaimed historian Chris Skidmore comes the authoritative biography of Richard III, England's most controversial king, a man alternately praised as a saint and cursed as a villain. </p> <p>Richard III is one of English history's best known and least understood monarchs. Immortalized by Shakespeare as a hunchbacked murderer, the discovery in 2012 of his skeleton in a Leicester parking lot re-ignited debate over the true character of England's most controversial king.</p> <p>Richard was born into an age of brutality, when civil war gripped the land and the Yorkist dynasty clung to the crown with their fingertips. Was he really a power-crazed monster who killed his nephews, or the victim of the first political smear campaign conducted by the Tudors?</p> <p>In the first full biography of Richard III for fifty years, Chris Skidmore draws on new manuscript evidence to reassess Richard's life and times. Richard III examines in intense detail Richard's inner nature and his complex relations with those around him to unravel the mystery of the last English monarch to die on the battlefield.</p>
Table of Contents
List of Illustrationsp. xi
Mapsp. xv
Genealogical Tablesp. xviii
Note on Money and Datesp. xxiii
Introductionp. 1
Part 1Brother
1Sons of Yorkp. 15
2The Wheel Turnsp. 34
3'Not Altogether Brotherly Eyes'p. 69
4A Northern Affinityp. 84
Part 2Protector
5'The King Is Dead, Long Live the King'p. 117
6'Protector and Defender of This Our Realm'p. 139
7'Their Subtle and Damnable Ways'p. 153
8'Great Confusion and Great Fear'p. 163
9'Undoubted Son and Heir'p. 180
Part 3King
10'Going in Great Triumph'p. 197
11'The Fact of an Enterprise'p. 220
12'Confusion and Mourning'p. 228
13'True and Faithful Liegemenp. 251
14Titulus Regiusp. 260
15'Their Sudden Griefp. 272
16'Defend Me from All Evil'p. 287
17'Commotion and War'p. 296
18Rebels and Traitorsp. 306
19'Grief and Displeasure'p. 320
20'Intending Our Utter Destruction'p. 338
21'An End Either of Wars or of His Life'p. 352
Epilogue: 'His Fame is Darkened'p. 365
Acknowledgementsp. 371
Bibliographyp. 373
Notesp. 385
Indexp. 423
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