On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark? Michael K. Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no ...
On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark? Michael K. Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years. With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries and a new account of the battle action, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.
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Fine. 0752428209 223pp. A super copy of this scarce first paperback edition. Illustrated with a variety of b/w and colour photographic images and other illustrations. Slight bump to the head of the spine and to the top corner of the rear card cover, which also affects the corner tips of the adjacent pages of hte textblock. Fresh and clean. A near fine, well preserved copy.
You haven't read the final word in did-he-or-didn't he controversy over whether Richard III murdered his nephews until you've read this book ? and if you?re interested in the mystery or even just the era, it's absolutely essential reading. Jones? book doesn't absolve Richard III of the murders, but based on completely unknown evidence that he discovered in Rouen Cathedral, he provides the most convincing and logical explanation as to why Richard could have felt justified ? if only in his own mind ? in doing what he did. Interestingly, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the validity of Edward IV?s marriage to Elizabeth Woodville ? the pretext Richard used as his official reason for bastardising them, and which turns out to have really been nothing but a pretext.
I won't spoil it by revealing what it is, though if you?ve read other books that have been published on the subject since this, you may already have read of Jones? theory. Nonetheless, it?s best to get it straight from the horse?s mouth. Some other historians have been surprisingly wary of crediting it. But dismissing it and disproving it are two different things ? and none of them has done the latter.
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