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Yale English Monarchs - Richard III (The English Monarchs Series) Paperback – May 31, 2011
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Here's just the most recent example I've encountered:
This comment about the administrative vacuum left by the October rebellion appears in Annette Carson's revised (2017 Kindle edition) of Maligned King--
An accusation has been made that he [King Richard] also flouted the norms of law and customary practice under which the king might grant away lands of attainted rebels. ‘It was usual,’ wrote Charles Ross, ‘for kings to appoint to offices … on the estates of rebels as soon as they came into royal hands, but no previous monarch had ventured to dispose of lands before they had been declared forfeit to the crown by a formal parliamentary act of attainder.’
In the belief that Ross was correct, previous editions of this book followed his lead in condemning such grants as a blot on Richard’s record. However, I can now verify that the professor was in error. There were ample precedents set by kings like Henry IV after Shrewsbury, and Edward IV after Barnet and Tewkesbury, in granting lands away before attainders were enacted. This was under the sovereign’s ancient treason prerogative of forfeiture of war, which applied to open rebellion under arms.”
Ross's analysis in this case, leading him to such a sweeping conclusion was by his own admission based on examining the records of only two kings in **two of their many parliaments** before declaring that “no previous monarch” had done what Richard did.
So reader beware. This is by no means a unique example of Ross's methods.
I like pictures and images when I'm reading history. A few more images of important personalities and places would have made this book a perfect 5.
Richard inherited this political basefrom his father Richard of York and was appointed to numerous influential positions in northern England and Scotland. Richard's power base in southern England and London environs was virtually absent and other royal families of the House of Lancaster were ensconced deep in the southern parts of England. Richard therefore was seen as a usurper not so much because of his morals but because London and environs already had a well defined base of Lancastrian nobles who could form alliances with whomsoever they chose. Richard was not a part of their vision of the future and his awkward attempts to gain influence in the south only netted him a last stand at Bosworth. I thought this book was well written and Ross's theory was well developed in an interesting manner.