Richard III


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Not many people would claim to be saints, or alternatively, consider themselves entirely without redeeming qualities. Some are unquestionably worse than others, but few have been held in greater infamy than Richard Plantagenet, afterwards Duke of Gloucester and, later still, King Richard III. Richard's character has been besmirched as often as it has been defended, and the arguments between his detractors and supporters still rage after several centuries. Was he a ruthless hunchback who butchered his way to the throne, a paragon of virtue who became a victim of Tudor propaganda, or (as seems more likely) something in between? Some would argue that a true biography is impossible because the letters and other personal documents required for this purpose are simply not available, but David Baldwin has overcome this through an in-depth study of Richard's dealings with his contemporaries and of information gleaned from the recent discovery of his skeleton. This comprehensive biography tracks Richard's journey from birth to death, and this new edition is brought right up to date with an account of the king's reburial in Leicester Cathedral.
The fundamental question Baldwin has answered is 'what was Richard III really like'.


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'A believably complex Richard, neither wholly villain nor hero' -- Philippa Gregory 'A very readable short life distilled from an enormous amount of information, summarising where possible without misleading and adding interesting detail.' Peter Hammond, President of the Richard III Society 'Reveals the real Richard III' Leicester Mercury

David Baldwin is a medieval historian who has taught at the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham for many years. He is an expert on Richard III and the House of York, and has published critically acclaimed books on Richard III and the Princes in the Tower and on Elizabeth Woodville, queen of Edward IV, the first of the Yorkist kings. His latest title by Amberley, Henry VIII's Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady in Waiting to the Tudors, is out in March 2015. He lives in Leicester.

General Fields

  • : 9781445648453
  • : Amberley Publishing
  • : Amberley Publishing
  • : April 2015
  • : 198mm X 124mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 942.046092
  • : HB
  • : illustrated