- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books; Rev Sub edition (June 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140266348
- ISBN-13: 978-0140266344
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,168,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Richard III: England's Black Legend Paperback – May 1, 1998
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I actually believe Richard did kill his nephews, though I also believe he has been slandered against too much and is accused of actions he had no part of. There is too much emotion on the subject, and it is difficult to have a real debate when there are unsubstantiated polemics on the subject such as this one.
In the preface to this book Seward admits that he is intensely hostile to Richard. He also gives his respectful regrets to Ricardians, understanding their beliefs (from personal experience) to be truly held, though he has come to see matters differently. I find this far less disturbing than authors who swear up and down that they are unbiased, yet spend the entirety of their work manipulating the facts.
There is clear bias, a good dose of speculation (even on details like the cause of Edward of Middleham's death), and more of More and Mancini than most Ricardians enjoy. However, if you are striving to thoroughly understand the Five Hundred Years' War over Richard III, this is a fine modern portrait of the Black Legend.
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I read this book from a neutral perspective. I was interested in the Wars of the Roses, and the Yorkist, Lancatrian feud. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by drohan00
Reading this book is a good way to get to know the basic story of Richard III, and the related context of English history in the time of the "War of the Roses. Read morePublished on December 10, 2005 by John Russon
This is an entertaining mixture of historical story-telling, scholary gumshoe work, and criticism. No aspect overpowers the book, which makes it an interestingly told history, and... Read morePublished on March 18, 2002 by Nichomachus
From the outset, prolific historical author Desmond Seward admits to "having strong views on a man who committed the nastiest state murders in English history. Read morePublished on June 11, 2001 by Arthur M. Bullock
If you are interested in Medieval England, this is the book for you.
Facts, Facts, Facts explained clearly and entertainingly. Read more