9780752452081

Richard III : The Maligned King

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  • ISBN13:

    9780752452081

  • ISBN10:

    0752452088

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
  • Publisher: The History Press
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Summary

For centuries the vision of Richard III has been dominated by the fictional creations of Thomas More and Shakespeare. Voices have protested during the intervening years, some of them eminent and scholarly, urging a more reasoned view to replace the traditional black portrait. Annette Carson seeks to redress the balance by examining the events of his reign as they actually happened, based on reports in the original sources. Eschewing the overlay of assumptions so beloved by historians, she instead traces actions and activities of the principal characters, using facts and time-lines revealed in documentary evidence. Daring to investigate areas where historians fear to tread, this book raises some controversial questions. Was Edward IV assassinated? Did Queen Elizabeth Woodville engage in witchcraft? Why did Thomas More lay down his pen, leaving his dramatic attack on Richard unfinished?

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. 6
Prefacep. 9
Poisoned?p. 14
The Politics of Powerp. 26
Plot and Counter-Plotp. 39
A Shadow over the Successionp. 61
Battle Lines are Drawnp. 80
'This Eleccion of us the Thre Estates'p. 98
Witchcraft and Sorceryp. 113
Dynastic Manoeuvringsp. 126
The Disappearance of the Princesp. 143
Bones of Contentionp. 172
The October Rebellionp. 201
Brave Hopesp. 225
Barbarians at the Gatesp. 249
Postscriptp. 271
Appendixp. 284
Notes on Referencesp. 300
Select Bibliographyp. 311
Indexp. 315
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