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Richard III: The last Plantagenet Hardcover – 1970

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co; 1st edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801955467
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801955464
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,158,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard III The Last Plantagenet, Tyler Whittle

Tyler Whittle was educated at Cambridge, served in the Royal Marines, and writes novels, non-fiction, and book reviews. This book combines history and fiction to tell about the last Plantagent king and the conflict between York and Lancaster as accurately as possible. The Plantagenet dynasty ruled England longer than any other dynasty; they included the great and the less great. Richard III is a controversial ruler in history due to Tudor propaganda like Shakespeare's play. Others say he was one of the heroes of the Wars of the Roses. This novel follows the details of his life in order to reconstruct his character from his involvement with the royal family, the old nobility, and the rising middle classes. This book contains no pictures or an index or references to its 292 pages, although it "is entirely faithful to the known facts". The Duke of York died on August 22, 1485 at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Richard III was the last king of England to fight and die in battle.

This book skimps on the details of Richard's last years. The turmoil suggests something about the economy which most historians neglect. Were there crop failures or diseases in man or beast to cause unhappiness among the people? Recent news suggests how a bad economy leads to political change. It would have been helpful to provide a few pages of historical background for those who know little of 15th century English history. Page 276 lists the accomplishments of Richard's short reign. Others have pointed out that Richard was never charged with the death of the two Princes in the Tower. They had a better claim to the throne than the Tudor usurper, who married their sister for a better claim to the throne.
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