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Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

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Since Tudor times Richard IIIhas been painted as the "black legend," the murderous uncle—however, the truth is much more complicated and interesting

Richard III is accused of murdering his nephews, the "Princes in the Tower," in order to usurp the throne of England, but this book tells a different story.Rather than looking at all the killings Richard III did not commit,this
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by The History Press (first published June 1st 2009)
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Carole Roman
Interesting theory on the events leading to the murder of the Princes in the Tower. Professor Hancock takes you there with almost a "Time" magazine quality and puts everything into 15th century perspective. While Hastings execution is given a compelling reason, I still believe Richard knew about Edward's pre-contract with Eleanor Butler, and he had to get rid of anyone who was sympathetic with Edward's children. Hastings was a King's man and had to have been duty bound to carry out his liege lor ...more
Dave Gray
The murder in question here was not that of the two princes, but of Lord hastings. Hancock has an interesting theory about this, which ties in to Richard's decision to usurp the throne. While the basic idea does seem to make sense it is founded on pure speculation, and has no tangible proof. Hancock spends a lot of time, quite repetitively, trying to gather support for his central thesis by tying various characters and events together but, again, it is entirely speculative. I would have liked to ...more
Joan Szechtman
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John
The title is misleading. The deaths of the Princes, held in the Tower, were scarcely mentioned. The main subject of the book appears to be the summary execution of William, Lord Hastings (without trial) and the reasons for this, which I don't find entirely convincing. Much is made of Richard's loyalty to his brother Edward IV and the importance of loyalty to Richard himself. Hastings' loyalty to Edward IV's memory, led him to withold from Richard information that his late brother had been betrot ...more
Pam Shelton-anderson
I am a long time student of this era of English history and will also state that I would identify with the Ricardian camp of those that believe he has been unjustly smeared by history. I very much liked this book. He focuses in minute detail on the events surrounding Richard's decision to take the throne. He uses and analyzes all of the existing sources and makes an excellent case for his position that Hastings execution was related to his knowledge of Edward's pre-contract. I will be reading th ...more
Richard Wright
I picked this book up while researching a short story, and found it engaging and well laid out. It's dense with names and dates in places, and outside of the central question it tries to answer (at what point did Richard decide that he wanted to be king?) glosses over a lot of details, but there's just enough to follow along with the arguments, which are sourced and cogent. In the end, I didn't use a jot of what I discovered here, but I enjoyed following the detective work and sound reasoning of ...more
Gaja
As much as I adore English history, I had the hardest time getting into this book. Not already being in possession of a strong knowledge base on the reign of Richard III, a lot of the text came off as a string of names and dates that all blended together and kept the immersion level low enough that pretty much anything worked to be a distraction. I'm actually rather sad that I didn't like this more.

The paper quality, though, was stellar.
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