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The Princes in the Tower Paperback – July 10, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Weir examines the 1483 disappearance of Richard III's two young nephews and determines that he was to blame for their murders.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Proponents of Richard III will not be pleased by this book. Weir ( The Six Wives of Henry VIII , LJ 2/15/92) explores documentary evidence and various theories about the fate of the famous princes (Edward V and his brother, ages 12 and 10) in the Tower of London. Relying on contemporary accounts, Weir assesses credibility and compares details. Her sound research and rational arguments make a convincing case for Richard's direct involvement in the murder of his two young nephews. While she admits that there is no convincing evidence that Richard was hunchbacked or more evil than his contemporaries, Weir does show that he was supremely unpopular, largely because of the murder of the children. This is an excellent and persuasive book, one that belongs in all collections covering the history of Great Britain.
- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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this book falls woefully short of other works. it is decidedly anti-richard. this colors the narrative throughout, but is
especially virulent when it comes to the usurpation and later death of the princes. for example, when describing when
richard initiated his nefarious plot, the author starts at the 9th of june to show that his actions prove he has decided to
usurp the princes. he contacts hastings to sound him out. then on 10 june, he orders troops from northern england.
from there the plot thickens. HOWEVER, she leaves out the bombshell that occurred on 8 june, which precipitated these
actions. re-read the chapter after knowing the date of the revelation that edward's marriage was invalid and the whole
atmosphere changes. richard's actions are now the actions of someone who was blind-sided on the 8th and began taking
radical action to deal with the problem.
i'm not going to go through the whole richard iii villain or victim issue here, but the author's bias shows to much.
an important caveat - the author does oftentimes give data that can be used against her view. many others would severly slant
or even omit inconvenient facts to bolster their point. if you are looking, you can get enough data to support an alternate opinion.
overall, a good read, if you are careful.
ps - i think he probably did it.
pps - after reading about perkin warbeck, there is a good chance that richard ordered the deaths, but the younger prince was spared by