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History Of King Richard The Third Of England (Makers of History #19)

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Richard III (2 October 1452 – 22 August 1485) was King of England from 1483 until his death. He was the last king from the House of York, and his defeat at the Battle of Bosworth marked the culmination of the Wars of the Roses and the end of the Plantagenet dynasty. After the death of his brother King Edward IV, Richard briefly governed as regent for Edward's son King Edwa ...more
Kindle Edition, 209 pages
Published 2013 (first published 1858)
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Jennifer Ochoa
#4 of 22 in my personal (and rather random) challenge to read Abbot's Makers of History series. The series is most famously known for influencing Abraham Lincoln.

As the last book I read in the series (Margaret of Anjou) kicked off my interest in the "War of the Roses," it made sense to read this one next. Only about 20% of the book is actually about Richard III, with the rest of the book providing context. The book is as much or more about Edward IV (Richard's older brother) than Richard, but a
Actually read this with the title of "Richard III: Makers of History" but I believe it's an older edition of this title. Ended up skimming. Seems to be a fine resource for someone who does not know anything about Richard III or his brother, Edward IV, who is covered as much as Richard is, but simplistic and a bore if you are already familiar with them.
Phil Syphe
Jacob Abbott’s account of Richard III’s life was published in 1858, thus it is to be expected that certain events are not recalled as historian know – or believe – them to be in the 2010s.

The incident regarding Edward V and his brother’s death, for example, is explained here in detail, yet nowadays historians tend to feel that there is no evidence to convict nor clear Richard of ordering his nephews’ death.

Mr Abbott was an American author, which is probably why his bio on the former English king
I have read other Abbott stuff and found it an interesting quick overview of the subject matter. This book was very uncomfortable to me though. I am not a true "Riccardian" but believe that many areas previously accepted are now, at the very least, being challenged or appear to be the victor re-writing history. The bias of this book would not stand scrutiny if published today. I wouldn't let children near it but understand that it is of it's time.
Scott Harris
Given the recent discovery of the bones of Richard III in England, it was serendipitous to be able to hear Abbott's account of this Richard's life. Even in the early 20th century, Abbott was doing much to reclaim Richard's character who has been villanized by subsequent generations and this telling of his life is informative and intriguing given the power plays associated with the gaining the crown by so many people throughout his life. To be noble in these years was a dangerous game.
Rick Davis
I'm still loving these Abbott histories. This one contains a great summary of the causes and events of the Wars of the Roses leading up to the accession of Henry VII, first monarch in the Tudor line.
Elizabeth Gayle
How the youngest child of such a brood who seemed unwell, surprises everyone by becoming King. His clear thinking, his thoughts, and his life are portrayed with clarity.
The narrative was tedious at times however it eventually worked into a flow and was very insightful.
English history is simply awash in Richards, Edwards, Elizabeths, and Marys.
Sara Jones
to never usurp the throne lest ye be slain.
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Abbott was born at Hallowell, Maine to Jacob and Betsey Abbott. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 1820; studied at Andover Theological Seminary in 1821, 1822, and 1824; was tutor in 1824-1825, and from 1825 to 1829 was professor of mathematics and natural philosophy at Amherst College; was licensed to preach by the Hampshire Association in 1826; founded the Mount Vernon School for Young Ladies ...more
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