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Richard III's 'Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York Hardcover – October 1, 2009


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John Ashdown-Hill is a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Européen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes. The author of The Last Days of Richard III, he has been heavily involved in the DNA testing of Richard III's remains. He is also the author of Eleanor, the Secret Queen; Royal Marriage Secrets; and The Third Plantagenet. He has appeared on NPR and the Smithsonian Channel as an expert on Richard III. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752451316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752451312
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,279,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Phoenix Woman on May 4, 2013
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This book is a true eye-opener for the average person who thinks he or she knows what went on during the Wars of the Roses. So much that we've been taught was true simply isn't.

For example, Henry VII's chief publicist Thomas More (aka Bishop John Morton's favorite stenographer) has in his biography of Richard III a passage, cited as an example of RIII's alleged nastiness, of Richard inveighing against a woman named "Jane Shore" for among other things performing sorcery to wither his arm. For starters, we know from the discovery of Richard's skeleton that he didn't have a withered arm. As for "Jane Shore", we find out from Dr. Ashdown-Hill that she was really Elizabeth (never Jane) Lambert, that her marriage to a William Shore was annulled, and that Richard's only real commentary concerning her is in a letter that allowed her -- who was still under close watch as she'd been caught up in a rebellion against Richard -- to marry one of his friends, Thomas Lynom.

Meticulously researched, and with every claim footnoted with copious documentation, this is yet another of Dr. Ashdown-Hill's superb works in the field of fifteenth-century English history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Readerrover on August 27, 2013
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I have to start out saying I am biased. I LIKE Richard III. I feel history and Shakespeare have tarnished him for centuries. So this book was a delightful and realistic view of a man of his times - some good, some bad but most of all placing him in the center of events and pressures of a time far distant from ours. I hope that schoolchildren of the future get a more realistic view not only of Richard III but of the times in which he lived. There are so many parallels in our times - ok, no knights and pomp and circumstance - but the stresses of different power centers and the necessity of making hard and sometimes wrong decisions but having the courage to make them. The recognition though that these decisions in Richard's time was often being made by very young people. And the propensity of victors to re-write history to minimize their enemies and maximize their rights.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ragan Gilbert on August 3, 2013
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Although I would have liked more detail, I found this book provided some good insights into the life of an English nobleman in the second half of the 15th century. The rise of John Howard to a dukedom was interesting. A paucity of resources for this period limits many works I have read about the Wars of the Roses. This book was no exception. One disappointment was the relative lack of coverage concerning john Howard's relations with Richard of Gloucester, later Richard III. Again, I suspect this is largely due lack of source material.
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By A. C. REEVES on October 30, 2013
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John Howard, duke of Norfolk, was a loyal friend of England's King Richard III, as well as of Richard's oldest brother, King Edward IV. Although older than Richard, Howard was a faithful royal servant who died with Richard at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
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