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The White Boar Paperback – Import, 1974

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Book 1 of 2 in the Lovell Duo Series

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Product Details

  • Series: Coronet Books
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Coronet; New Ed edition (1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034015814X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340158142
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,474,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Valerie J. Wood VINE VOICE on April 7, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Marian Palmer's novel, The White Boar, is an exquisitely written, well-researched novel which centers around the life, and friends, of Richard III, youngest son of Richard, Duke of York. This is a thoughtful, pro-Richard novel which helps dispel many of the myths surrounding Richard, primarily perpetrated after his death in battle by his enemies. Being particularly interested in England at the time of the Wars of the Roses, I have read an array of books on the topic. The White Boar is easily at the top of the list for being not only a gripping, well-written novel but also for being one of the best books I have found that puts Richard and his times in a logical perspective and does not fall into the propaganda type of book about him and his reign.
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I have read very many novels and histories pertaining to the Wars of the Roses - the story of King Richard III in particular - and this excellent novel retells the events from a different slant. In most of these works, Richard is generally either vilified as a craven evil doer, or lauded and extolled as a tragic prince whose good intentions were thwarted by the malevolent machinations of the Woodville clan in league with Margaret Beaufort. Author Palmer treads a middle ground here, depicting Richard as a human being with understandable psychology. For me, this made reading once again the historical events of these years far more interesting. The author is not trying to enlist her reader to a particular point of view as to Richard's character, which is a nice change from the extremely biased accounts usually presented. The tale here is told from the point of view of the Lovell cousins, Francis and Philip (fictional?) - adherents of Richard from childhood years. Their own personal stories take the foreground for the most part, including their involvement in Richard's life as it intersects their own. The resulting novel is quite intriguing even apart from the good/evil King Richard theme. The writing is exceptionally fine which evokes the tenor of these times without straining for "authentic" speech to the detriment of readability. I enjoyed this work from beginning to end and recommend it to those who are looking for a good retelling of a fascinating time in English history without the sermonizing as to the psyche of Richard III.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Published in 1968, Marian Palmer gives her spin on the oft-told tale of Richard III but she tells it from the point of view of cousins Francis and Phillip Lovell (I believe Phillip is a fictional character). Phillip serves in Edward IV's household, and a younger Francis is given in wardship to Warwick where he meets Edward's younger brother Richard and as an adult faithfully served the future Richard III. This is one of those books where you either know the history and don't need me rehashing it all over again, or if you don't Wik can do it much better than I can - I'm just here to talk about my reading experience.

While this can be a bit dry on occasion, I did enjoy it and found it fitted nicely as my "treadmill book" and not my main read. The main historical facts seem to fit with other books I've read on the period, although I suspect those better versed on the period could find a few bones to pick clean. Refreshing, as always to have a Richard who is neither good as good can be nor the evil villain as Shakespeare portrayed him. I enjoyed seeing this through the eyes of the two cousins and despite the sad ending at Bosworth Field (just once, can someone change it?), there's a bit more to the story with a somewhat happy ending for at least one of the cousins. The story continues in The Wrong Plantagenet and whick as I understand it concerns the mystery of the two Princes and Perkin Warbeck so stay tuned. 4/5 stars.
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Well-written historical fiction featuring a strong trio of heroes: Richard of Gloucester (later Richard III), Francis Lovell, and Francis's (fictional) cousin Philip Lovell. I am fond of older Ricardian fiction, and found this one wonderfully, quietly moving. Four stars instead of five because I disliked Philip's liaison with a married woman. The book would have been better with adultery left out.
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