The Princes in the Tower
The story of the death, in sinister circumstances, of the boy-king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, is one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. It is a tale with profound moral and social consequences, rich in drama, intrigue, treason, scandal and violence.
In this gripping book Alison Weir re-examines all the evidence - inc
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That said, it's an excellent overview of the historical scenario of the time--it's very readable, if a bit pulpy. Unfortunately, Weir did not go into writing this book with an open mind--she went in condemning Richard, and it shows.
I read this right after reading Josephine Tey's excellent and eye-opening The Daughter of Ti ...more
If you think that Richard III is the best most misunderstood man to ever exist; that he never did anything wrong, never had any ambition, and was most definitely not capable of violence or infidelity; this book is not for you. Move on. Open another screen. Re-read "The Sunne in Splendour" for the fiftieth time (because I've heard that one is rather sympathetic, if fictional).
Furthermore, I should probably add that although I share her opinion of R ...more
The desperately unlikable usurper Richard III, who does have a claim to the throne as a decendent of Richard, Duke of York who descends from both Lionel (Duke of Clarence) and Edmund (Duke of York) wh ...more
Alison Weir examines the rapidly evolving events following the death of Edward IV, in March 1483, to Richard's coronation three months later. She marshals an impressive body of information ...more
I agree with some of the other reviewers that Weir began the book with the assumption that Richard did indeed have his nephews killed. And I also agree that this lack of objectivity finds its way into her writing.
That said, I also think Richard is guilty of his nephews' murder. I don't know that he had any choice, given his situation. I'm not sure that his guilt makes him any worse a person than Margaret of Anjou, who l ...more
I am very fond of Alison Weir's histories, and have an interest in the Princes in the Tower, so I expected to enjoy this historical account, even knowing that it is several years old now (and now somewhat out of date since Richard III's bones have been disinterred from the car park). Having read this book twice -- both before and after the disinterment -- I am perfectly satisfied that it lives up to Weir's tradition of excellent writing and engrossing scholar ...more
One issue I had with the book, though, is that it kind of reminded me of a History Channel or Discovery Channel special where they advertise it as finally solving a certain mystery, such a ...more
Although there is certainly no surprise that Weir reaches her verdict that Richard is solely responsible for ordering the two princes deaths while locke ...more
Edward's brother Richard definitely was loyal during the civil ...more
I give credit to We ...more
But it dwindled after that. It was like Weir was having personal vendetta against him. She passionately pointing out in every imaginable ways why we have to think Richard III is the m ...more
What really convinced me was all the circumstantial evidence and the interlo ...more
One of the most common criticisms of the book is that people were hoping to read an objective account and that Weir was biased from the beginning. I'm not arguing her bias in the book itself, but I wonder if these people all skipped over the first c ...more
The preface, with a summary, pulled me in right away. But then, with a lot of background information needed and “ ...more
Despite having previously been staunchly loyal to his brother, Edward IV, R ...more
Weir clearly is not a revisionist and she sets about to present the outstanding evidence in a methodical, cogently written book.
This subject has always pulled at my heartstrings and apparently it upset even the most hard ...more
One of the most contentious mysteries debated among history lovers is who what was the fate of young Edward V and his brother, Richard. Were they murdered? And, if so, by whom?
Upon Edward IV's death, his brother, Richard III, took custody of his nephews, one of whom had just inherited the throne. The children were placed in the Tower of London under the auspices of awaiting Edward V's coronation. However, they ultimately vanished and Richard III se ...more
Did their uncle, Richard III, have them killed? Was it Henry VII? Alison Weir's book is a thorough, well-researched body of evidence that definitely points to one person.
The book was scholar-dry to read, but you can't argue the research and objectivity behind it. Weir takes extreme pains to gauge the veracity of sources quote ...more
Weir certainly gives the appearance of being on top of the material, such as it is, regarding the reign of Richard ...more
This book takes the debate, and approaches it in a very linear and logical fashion. The author lists all of the sources of reliable information and lists not only what she considers to be ...more
Alison Weir (born 1951) is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens. She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.
Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her ...more