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Richard III (English Monarchs)by Charles Ross
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Richard III ruled England for a mere twenty-six months, yet few English monarchs remain as compulsively fascinating, and none has been more persistently vilified. In his absorbing and universally praised account, Charles Ross assesses the king within the context of his violent age and explores the critical questions of the reign: why and how Richard Plantagenet usurped the throne; the belief that he ordered the murder of "the Princes in the Tower"; the events leading to the battle of Bosworth in 1485; and the death of the Yorkist dynasty with Richard himself. In a new foreword, Professor Richard A. Griffiths identifies the attributes that have made Ross's account the leading biography in the field, and assesses the impact of the research published since the book first appeared in 1981.
"A fascinating study on a perennially fascinating topicand#8230; the base against which will be measured any future research."--Times Higher Education Supplement
"Compiling an objective biography on a subject so maligned by writers and historians of the last 500 years is indeed no easy chore, but Mr. Ross has for the most part succeeded. Acutely aware of the challenge that he is making to the centuries of censure against this king, the author takes into account all that has previously been written about Richard III, making this text somewhat of a bibliography of former opinions on Richard Plantagenet. The style of this work, although at times rather dry, is clear and orderly, serving to gain the reader's confidence in the author's thorough knowledge of his subject. Mr. Ross has achieved his goal: a biography which is free of the biased moral condemnation of Richard, which was once the rule among historians. This book succeeds in providing a just account of the life of one of the most intriguing figures of English history." Reviewed by Andrew Witmer, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)
An account of the life of Richard III. It studies the context of his violent age and addresses issues such as: why and how Richard Plantagenet usurped the throne; the belief that he ordered the murder of the princes in the Tower; and the events leading to the Battle of Bosworth.
About the Author
Charles Ross was Professor of Medieval History at the University of Bristol until his death in 1986. His previous books include the biography Edward IV in the English Monarchs series.
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