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Treachery in Love and War in the Struggle for the English Crown From the time he sees his parents brutally slain and his home destroyed in a bloody Lancastrian power struggle for the crown, young Martin Robsart's life becomes entwined with that of England's royal Plantagenet family. Through the turbulence of civil war, Martin serves his cousins -- Yorkist kings Edward IV aTreachery in Love and War in the Struggle for the English Crown From the time he sees his parents brutally slain and his home destroyed in a bloody Lancastrian power struggle for the crown, young Martin Robsart's life becomes entwined with that of England's royal Plantagenet family. Through the turbulence of civil war, Martin serves his cousins -- Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III -- and learns the cost of loyalty and love in battlefields and bedchambers in a time when life is cheap and treachery hides behind a smile. Through Martin's eyes, Meredith Whitford's superbly researched and richly woven novel shows Shakespeare's conniving and perverse Richard III in a realistic new light - as a patriot and a lover. Never before has perceived history taken such a surprising turn as Whitford corrects the Shakespearean myth and crowns a new hero, bringing back to life the passion and heat of a breathless historical moment that shaped the world - a moment we know as the War of the Roses .a time of thorns and treason....

Title : Treason
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ISBN : 9781904492726
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Number of Pages : 440 Pages
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Treason Reviews

  • Misfit
    2019-07-08 08:09

    A fascinating look at the life of Richard III and The War of The Roses. The book details the life of Edward IV and Richard III as told from the point of view of their fictional cousin, Martin Robsart, who joins Richard's family after his family is killed during conflicts between the Lancasters and The Yorks. While I don't normally care for stories told in the first person, it worked in this book as it placed the reader intimately in Richard's life, starting at age eight until the final decisive battle at Bosworth Field. I thoroughly enjoyed Martin's dry wit and his take on some of the people in Richard's life were quite funny at times -- especially those Woodvilles! This was a very entertaining and fast paced read and contains a lot of rich period details, and the battle scenes were kept to a minimum, which was a refreshing change for this reader. My only quibbles are that the dialogue seems a bit too modern at times (the use of the "f" word really jarred me -- was it really used and in such plentiful quantities back then?).All in all a very good read, and although it's not quite up to the perfection of Sharon Kay Penman's Sunne in Splendour, it's still a pretty darn good book and a must for anyone interested in knowing more about this much maligned monarch, or for those Ricardians already out there. I'm going to knock off half a star due to the minor discrepancies noted above and give this one a solid 4.5 stars. As a side note, for those Ricardians out there check out Brian Wainwright's hysterical send up of this period, The Adventures Of Alianore Audley. Mel Brooks couldn't have done better!

  • Darkpool
    2019-07-05 08:08

    Gosh, I enjoyed this - well as much as I ever enjoy any Richard III book. And I've read a lot of them. The trouble is that I know how the story must end, and it's not good. This author used a fictional "best friend" of Richard as the narrator, an device that worked very well I think. She also painted one of the most human and believable portraits of Richard right through his life that I've read. He wasn't prudish as some books make him, nor was he saintly. He was certainly not a sinister, plotting Machiavellian monster - most works of fiction portraying him as such these days pass themselves off as non-fiction *cough Alison Weir cough*This is an ideal first R3 book for anyone curious about the revisionist view of this slice of history. Highly recommended.

  • Barb
    2019-07-11 04:56

    I enjoy reading historical fiction set in this time period and have a particular affinity for fiction about Edward IV, Richard III and the princes in the tower. Their stories are fascinating, with secrets, lies, cover ups, sacrifices, romance, heartbreak and mystery, they have everything except a happy ending.I've read quite a few novels set during The War of the Roses, so I'm reasonably familiar with the historical figures. Though sometimes my aging mind needs a little help remembering what it once knew. To assist me in that regard I have a handy-dandy family tree of the Plantagenets including the Houses of York and Lancaster that I refer to when reading about this period. Meredith Whitford includes a list of characters with descriptions of how they are related but I think the inclusion of a family tree would have been a nice additional reference.The fictional Martin Robsart, cousin and beloved friend of Richard Plantagenet, looks back on the period known as The War of the Roses sharing his recollections with the wisdom of hindsight, a wry sense of humor and a sometimes crass way with words. Whitford sets a tone of camaraderie between men with a kindness and affection that I haven't often seen in real life. The beginning of the story has a lively and amusing tone where Martin describes his youthful exploits. When he recalls events later in life his tone is more serious as the situation Richard finds himself in becomes more complicated. I liked Whitford's treatment of the princes in the tower and though I'm not necessarily qualified to have an opinion (that never stopped me before) I agree with her view on what happened to them.This is fiction that takes you back in time and makes historical events come alive. I wish I had discovered this kind of fiction when I was young, it would have saved a lot of years of my thinking that history was dull.

  • Marquise
    2019-06-29 09:16

    The novel has a slow start, but towards the middle it does improve considerably. Its plot, which covers from the time Edward of York takes his father and brother Edmund's places as Yorkist leader after they're killed by Lancastrians at Wakefield up to the Battle of Bosworth and his brother Richard's death, is told from the standpoint of a fictional cousin of the Yorks, Martin, Lord Robsart, and is written in a very modern language that can be jarring to some readers, though it's easy to get used to it.I ended up liking Martin a fair bit, and Dickon on the whole is portrayed as quite likable as well, but other than that, I didn't find this more than acceptable as a historical novel, and I definitely didn't agree with the solution the author proposes for the Princes in the Tower controversy. As a positive counter, Martin is truly hilarious at times when he's mentally upbraiding people round him, and his adventures are mostly enjoyable. Overall, a good and fair novelisation of Richard III's life, but not much more than three and a half stars worth in rating.

  • Deb B.
    2019-07-12 10:03

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book in which we see the life of Richard III and the tumultuous events of 1461 through 1485 through his (fictional) best friend's eyes. Ah, it would be nice to think that Richard really did have someone like the loyal Martin Robsart by his side.The author, through Martin's often witty narration, does an excellent job at disentangling the complicated, confusing network of family relationships and political intrigues that characterize this period.Unfortunately, as much as I hoped against hope, the tragic ending at Bosworth Field doesn't change.In general, this is a highly engaging and entertaining book, filled with historical events and characters, adventure, and romance. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the Wars of the Roses specifically or compelling historical fiction generally.

  • Ann
    2019-07-07 11:55

    I have been a devoted Ricardian since I read The Daughter Of Time many years ago and this is one of the best books about Richard III I have come across. It is narrated by Martin Robsart a fictional cousin and childhood friend of Richard. Starting when he was eight it gives great insight into Richard`s character and shows what a good king he was in his all too short reign. The characters of Richard's family and contemporaries are well drawn and the theory about the fate of the princes in the tower is perfectly believable. The book is well researched and a very good read. I only wish it could have had a happier ending but of course that's not possible.

  • Margaret
    2019-07-04 08:02

    I'd had this sitting on my Kindle for several years. I ran out of library books last week so decided to read it.I'm glad I did. It was excellent. It's the story of Richard III told from the point of view of a fictional cousin, Martin Robsart. The only complaint I have about it, and what keeps it from being a 5 star read, is the fact that the author seems to think the sun shone out of Richard's backside. He's too good to be true in most parts of the book.I do give points though for the description of Richard's official portrait making him look like a 'Welsh nun with piles'. Have seen the painting up close at the National Portrait Gallery in London I nearly bust a gusset laughing at the description.All in all an excellent read, but you'll probably enjoy it more if you're a dedicated Ricardian than a general reader of historical fiction.

  • Cheryl
    2019-07-02 04:07

    I just love stuff about Richard III. Can't get enough of it. I think it's the whole mystery that surrounds him that I find so intriguing. I tend to be in the camp where I don't think he killed his nephews nor do I think he was the rotter that has been portrayed by William Shakespeare and believed as truth for centuries. But anyway -- I liked this a lot, I didn't love it. It is a little bit of a different spin on the Richard III tale which I liked quite a bit. But if you're a Richard III fan - this is quite a good, fun read.

  • Ikonopeiston
    2019-06-26 10:17

    This book gave me, a Ricardian, much pleasure. It is a rollicking and constantly compelling story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, though the eyes of a loyal companion. My only complaint is the occasional usage of Australian slang. It is a bit distracting to find such language in fifteenth century England.

  • Cathie
    2019-07-13 04:19

    I read Meredith Whitford's Treason several years ago and really liked her writing style and her devotion to historical events. I highly recommend this book.

  • Caz
    2019-07-19 08:24

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  • Mary
    2019-07-02 11:04

    I have long been a believer in Richard III as a warrior, a loyal friend and brother. I love Shakespeare, but he was writing for a Tudor viewership. Ms. Whitford's Richard is a man I could like and admire, and was so pleased to see my view here. Ms. Whitford has an Author's Note at the end in which she explains what is fact and what is fiction. The book is very readable, her characters, both good and bad, are well-drawn, their actions reasonable and stay true to character. Yes, I am very biased in favor of a book which treats Richard III well,, but I can also follow her reasons for making him so. I follow all the current findings about Richard III with interest and look forward to a time when the cruel, crippled hunchback is no more.

  • Dan Eldredge
    2019-06-25 08:02

    In studying history we learn about the events, but we rarely get into the heads of those who lived it. Their motivations and the zeitgeist is often lost in the fog of time. In "Treason," Meredith Whitford succeeds and providing plausible motivations for the characters, bringing this medieval world to life.Only a certain type of reader will enjoy this book. That reader must love history and be willing to deal with a cast of dozens of characters (known by both names and titles), complex interrelationships, multiple factions, and people changing sides at a moment's notice. Fans of Richard III, however, will love it regardless. Although the Wars of the Roses were a time filled with battles, in "Treason" the battles lack detail, and are mainly described as chaos, expressed in a whirlwind of feelings and snippets of sight and sound. As a reader I enjoy battles, so that was a minor disappointment for me, but that is a matter of my taste as opposed to a flaw in the book. This isn't a book about battles. It's a book about the characters and the political roller coaster of the time.This tale, rather than being told from Richard III's perspective, is told in first person by Martin Robsart, a fictional cousin and confidant of Richard. This device gives us a personal view of Richard from the outside, but the tradeoff is that the Richard-centric story is limited in its view. This is a tale of political intrigue from the perspective of the plottees, not the plotters. Therefore we rarely see any plotting actually occur. We only see the plots when they are hatched, or when the protagonists scratch their chins and say "There is something suspicious going on..." The first 20% of this book consists of little more than the protagonists (Martin & Richard) hearing news about what is happening. They are young, so they are not yet ready to be the center of the action. This may prove tedious to some readers, but it sets the stage for what is to come. The agency of the protagonists grows as they come of age, and soon they are influencing events and driving the story.While reading this I could not help but compare these books to Sandra Worth's "The Rose of York" trilogy. "The Rose of York" is a romance, with a large focus on Richard's relationships with Anne Neville and Elizabeth of York. "Treason" is a story of political intrigue, and while there is romance, it feels more grounded. Whitford's take on the Richard's relationship with Elizabeth of York is a significant departure from Worth's. Whitford's Richard is savvy, down-to-earth, stubborn, and even ruthless when necessary, while Worth's Richard is idealistic, introspective, and at times almost naive.In the Author's Note Whitford states that she uses modern vernacular in the text--because once you go medieval, where do you stop? This is an excellent point, but even so she steers clear of most modern idioms that would appear jarring. The text is generic enough that is clear to the modern reader without jarring them out of the medieval setting. That said, when in the text archers "fired" their arrows rather than "loosed" them it still irked me. :)In all, Whitford tackles an extremely complicated history and turns it into a turns it into a great read. We all know the ending, but the magic is in the telling of the tale.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-07-10 12:01

    This is one of the best HF versions of Richard III's history that I have read. Though the writing stuttered a little early in the book I still gave it 5 stars because I really enjoyed the very fair treatment given to Richard III and the explanations via the storyline of various mysteries surrounding his life and times; there are many of these, I actually sat down and wrote them all out one night and there are upward of 20 major issues that we do not have answers to.I am, of course, a revisionist, having become a Riccardian on my first reading of The Daughter of Time when I was a child. It was that book, on a subsequent re-read (of which there have been so many I cannot begin to count), that started me on the habit of making my own historical investigations after reading HF novels. Once you start looking at Richard III the evidence in his favour begins to stack up effortlessly: Ms Whitford's suggestion that his unparalleled liberal lawmaking, which favoured the rights of the common man may have contributed to his defeat by alienating his own social class is very apt. The entire legislature of his one Parliament is acknowledged even by the anti-Richard historians as singular in its liberality and justice among the history of British monarchs. Not before and not since has such a roll of legislature issued from a Monarch. In a paper written in 1962 (well before the modern revisions) H.G. Hanbury wrote "It is difficult to imagine a ruler who was at once solicitous for the common people, and yet guilty of cruelties and parricides." This Parliament made major reforms to the Law aimed at upholding justice: the institution of a system of bail for a person accused of crime, the forbidding of anyone not yet convicted having their good confiscated and he established the Court of Common Pleas, a means of those without money to have recourse to justice, which was not available before - an early forerunner to Legal Aid, really. He abolished the King's right to enact Benevolences - random taxes imposed when the King needed money.On winning the battle for the crown, Henry VIIs first act was to predate his reign to the day before so that he could call all those loyal to Richard traitors and confiscate their wealth. He later re-established Benevolences. He also made himself the most likely person to go a-murdering by overturning Titulus Regius, which gave Richard the crown, and rendered Henry's wife once again legitimate. Oh, goodness! Now so were her brothers legitimate and Henry in fact only 29th in line for the throne if you ignored bastardy on both parental trees.Well, sorry, you got more of a bit of a rant on behalf of Richard than an appraisal of Ms Whitford's work; I doubt she'd mind, it's clear she is also a fan :)

  • Samantha
    2019-06-22 05:14

    This book captivated my interest from the very beginning. When Whitford introduces the fictional Martin as Richard's best friend we are immediately thrown into the violence of the Wars of the Roses. Through Martin's eyes we watch Edward IV's stellar rise and gluttonous fall. Richard is portrayed as a somewhat average noble boy - with a little too much emphasis on the teenage sleeping around for my taste, but once you get past that part the story is brilliant and fascinating. Whitford tells Richard's story from the Revisionist point of view and has good arguments against the Tudor portrayal of him. Though this is not as complex and moving of a work as Sharon Kay Penman's Sunne in Splendour, it is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in this era. As always when reading about Richard, one must brace themselves for the ending that has made me staunchly Yorkist. There was not much explaination in this book for why so many would turn against Richard if he was such a good king and Tudor barely English let alone royal. As many of the characters state, England would learn its mistake when under the rule of a tyrant. There is a short summary of the remaining characters in the last chapter including Whitford's theory on the Princes in the Tower, which is plausible but not original. Of course, every book on this topic leaves me wishing for more information than exists. What really happened to the Princes? Why did Richard lack support? Who was the real Richard, Shakespeare's villian or Penman's upstanding King? I guess the fact that these things are left to our imaginations is what makes Richard III so compelling.As for Whitford's writing style, it is direct and simple. She uses very little medeival lingo, few battle details, and the first person narration presents events as though we are Richard's best friend. Some of the modern dialog seems odd, but it is a very readable and enjoyable novel.

  • Morv
    2019-06-29 08:10

    Treason is about a fictional character called Martin Robsart, who is cousin to Edward IV and Richard III; we first meet an older Martin writing down his life in Scotland, where he was now living after being branded a traitor by the new King Henry VII. The story was interesting, although I have to admit it took a while to get going for me, it seemed rather dry, lacking in something at the start, though we met with Martin during a traumatic moment of his life, it felt a bit slow going.In fact it didn't really pick up until something was actually happening, although this is probably just me not being a huge fan of history novels. Although I did want to try this one to see what was going and to see if it would change my mind about historic novels.Characters:Martin Robsart is a fictional character and he is written rather well, fitting almost perfectly with the times, although I did notice that there was times when he was talking about female characters who were just as bright as a man, he just wished that there was a way for them to get where they were, instead of wishing that they had been born a man - which I think a lot of men would have actually thought, but that might just be me.Innogen gradually becomes Martin's wife, she is also a fictional character, but something about her never really clicked with me, she knew so much, gave warnings and Martin himself had said that he thought her as a 'witch' because of it. Although smart and a good mother, we never really got to know of her that much.The other characters were historic characters, all played well, probably with a bit of leverage by the author, because history wouldn't be able to tell us everything about a man's character really.On the whole it was a good book, definitely one more suited to those who enjoy reading about history in a more fictional sense.

  • Kim
    2019-07-08 06:14

    I absolutely loved this book! Meredith Whitford brings to life a chaotic, violent time period, where the bonds of loyalty and love were a tangled web, and pulls out an outstanding interpretation of a man who has long been written off by history as a kinslaying hunchback.(view spoiler)[I greatly enjoyed viewing the events of the book through the eyes of Martin, the fictional cousin of the Yorkist kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Through him, we see everything that happened, from the civil war between the Yorkists and Lancastrians, to the Yorkist rule of England, to their final fall and betrayal at the hands of Henry Tudor and his allies. As I approached the end of the book, I desperately hoped that history would somehow change so that the characters I had come to love would have a different fate. Richard especially was someone I liked, and he did not deserve the fate that he was dealt. Alas, in the end, Richard fell at Bosworth, his body was treated to every dishonor Tudor's allies could think of, and he was left to rot in obscurity. It was enough to bring tears to my eyes.Honestly, you know what would be the ultimate work of historical fiction? Someone writing an alternate history where Richard actually wins at Bosworth despite the betrayals he suffered. Very likely Henry Percy and the Stanleys would lose their heads at last, and Margaret Beaufort would become a permanent resident of the Tower, but it would be a fascinating idea, to see how different history might have been if Richard had lived.It's a long book, but a riveting one. I could hardly be convinced to put it down, even though I've been so busy lately that I've been reduced to reading it in small bursts. It's definitely worth the time of any fan of War of the Roses fiction. (hide spoiler)]

  • RJay
    2019-07-20 05:16

    I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time and was finally able to obtain it through inter-library interstate loan. I always find reading books with the same basic historical facts written by different authors from potentially different perspectives quite appealing. This is probably the 5th book I've read about Edward VI and Richard III - some have been biographies and some have been historical fiction. I found this book a little too much on the romantic-hero Ricardian image for my taste. His dialogue used terms like darling when speaking to his wife and son. I found this sort of modern vernacular distracting and not very believable. While I don't view Richard as the monster portrayed by Shakespeare or historians under Henry VII, I still think Richard was a more reserved individual and very private. His "softer" side would have been revealed to very few and it would have been more semi-firm than truly soft. So, while I enjoyed this book, it was a little too heavy on the romance side of fiction for me. One point that needs clarification for me is his rationale for marrying Anne Neville. Was she his childhood sweetheart or did he marry her because she was the wealthiest heiress available? It's not clear to me if Richard ever received the dispensation from the Pope - so was the marriage legal? And why was marriage contract written so that he would still possess her lands even if they divorced? Are these two pieces facts or fiction?

  • Martha
    2019-07-01 09:14

    I love the way this story was written from the inside of a royal family. I feel as if I know more about the families and their many relatives and friends whose names I have read and heard over and over throughout my life. These two Kings have always been my favorites to read fictional and non-fiction stories about. I am also intrigued by the story line for the "Princes of the Tower" that Whitford took, it makes you wonder if the boys really survived or if they actually died in the tower. From The Richard III exhibited by Whitford through Martin's story, I really don't thing that man could have murdered anyone, least of all his own nephews, but there where plenty of other men who could have done it to their benefit and to hurt the Kings reputation. Martin's story written from inside although fictional makes you wonder about those who did live inside a royal family such as this. The friendships made and betrayed, love for those you live and breath with day in and day out, and the lose of so many due to war, sickness, and once again betrayal/loyalties broken (Clarence/Hastings/Buckingham).

  • Casilda
    2019-07-07 12:23

    I wasnt sure what to expect when I started reading this. Its been languishing on my tbr pile for about 18 months and I was waiting for the right time to read it. As a devoted Ricardian I know the history, the battles and the players and have read a lot of books on the subject. I wasnt disappointed - in fact I was quite blown away. The way MW writes the story, through the eyes of his faithful, loyal, lifelong friend, Martin Robsart who is a fictional character, is a brilliant way of telling the story and the way she does it is utterly believable. It made me laugh in parts at the dry humour and Richard's character is exactly as I imagined it would be. In my opinion the gold standard is SKP's Sunne in Splendour and this comes close second. Its very easy to read and I could hardly put it down even though I know the story. The end is very hard to read and Richard's last speech had me in tears. I appreciated Martin's dry humour and I liked the tying up of loose ends at the end of the story telling us what happened to everybody after Bosworth. I would recommend all Ricardians to read it.

  • Peter
    2019-07-03 11:21

    I would like to give this book a higher score. It's take of Richard IIIs history is nice and I like the explanations for all the "disputed" parts of his story. But throughout, this novel is too distant: The main character is a soldier but we barely ever see him fight - and if so, it's often "for the next few hours my reflexes took over". The whole story and its message are extremely political but over and over the main character claims not to be interested in politics and thus gives us no emotional attachment. Instead, we get detailed descriptions of everything everyone has ever worn, their plate and furniture. While I don't mind having this information in the book, it shouldn't be the main content.

  • Laura
    2019-06-23 11:23

    Pretty good, but I'm ruined for Richard III/Wars of the Roses historical fiction by The Sunne in Splendour, which is one of my all-time favorite books. This one is narrated by a fictional cousin/close friend of Richard III's. It tells the story pretty well, but there were some things about the writing (including some strangely modern phrases or words mixed in) that made it so I never felt all that invested. Entertaining enough, but not particularly memorable.

  • Sharon
    2019-07-20 10:56

    3.5 stars. This historical fiction follows the lives of King Richard III and King Edward IV. This is during the time of the War of the Roses and the Yorks and Landcastrians. It is told through the voice of a fictitious character, Martin Rosbart. I didn't mind the story being told this way, but I found too much narrative and not enough dialog between the characters. That was when the story was at it's best, but still it was a good read. I enjoyed Philippa Gregory's series better, and will take other reader's advice and read Sharon Kay Penman's Summer in Splendour.

  • C
    2019-06-26 10:01

    A great take on Richard III from an insider's perspective; similar to Sunne in Splendour in its sympathies, but far more of a story telling rather than history tome. At times far too casual, modern colloquials I doubt existed in the 15th century and perhaps too forgiving in character perfections. Nonetheless there is a distinct humanity about the story, something often missed in historical fiction. Overall, a light entertaining read to add to the War of the Roses library.

  • Tom
    2019-06-20 08:05

    Very interesting and well-written book. This historical fiction account brought to life the otherwise mundane history of the English throne in part of the 15th century (Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII). Having dabbled a bit in genealogy, where I encountered many of the familiar English royalty surnames in my ancestry, this book helped bring to life an otherwise clinical branch on the family tree.

  • Mare
    2019-07-09 11:20

    This book will take the reader into an amazing time in English history in a gracious and comfortable writing style. The story is rich in fact and shared in such a manner that no scorecard is required to follow the characters who made this period such an interesting time in England's story. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Richard III and those who shaped his life. It has set me on a journey into history that just continues to entertain and educate.

  • Hillary
    2019-06-28 09:20

    I loved this book. I don't generally do historical fiction but I loved this one. It's really long but very interesting and fast paced for me. It surrounds the time of War of the Roses in England which wasn't something I was overly familiar with. I'm sure if you're a serious history buff you might not like some of the liberties taken with the book. I thought it had interesting characters, especially Richard III who had morphed into a horrible, deformed king under Shakespeare.

  • Jennifer
    2019-07-09 04:11

    This story of a balanced and level-headed Richard III and a heroic Edward IV, as seen through the eyes of an orphaned cousin raised in the York household, is not bad at all. But despite its interesting narrator and wealth of historic detail, this novel lacks the intimacy, the emotional intensity, complexity and texture of Sharon Penman's fabulous "Sunne in Splendour."

  • Taylor
    2019-07-14 04:02

    I very much enjoyed this book, a telling of Richard III's life through the eyes of a fictional cousin. I found it to be well written and well researched. I especially loved the very end, in the author's note, where she wonders if his remains were thrown into the River Soar, as some accounts have suggested, or if he is buried under a car park in Leicester!

  • Coleen Dailey
    2019-07-16 09:06

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives a different view of Richard the Third as. a good merciful ruler loved by his people. In the book Richard does not kill his nephews and fights valiantly to preserve his brother's and then his throne. would recommend to anyone who likes stories of this time period.