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The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York
The story of the Princes in the Tower is one of history's most enduring, poignant and romanticised tales. But were the princes really murdered? David Baldwin presents a fresh new approach to the mystery and reveals, for the first time, the true fate of the younger prince, Richard, Duke of York. On 22 December 1550 an old bricklayer named Richard Plantagenet was buried at E ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by The History Press
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Dec 18, 2014 Kathy rated it really liked it
Trying to get back into the habit of reviewing the books I read. Last night, I finished "The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York" -- one of the so-called Princes in the Tower -- by David Baldwin. I previously read Baldwin's biography of Richard III, and found him to be fair and even handed when it came to writing about this controversial monarch. These days, there seem to be two camps when it comes to R3 -- either he was the vilest, most evil man to have ever worn a crown, or he was a s ...more
This isn't literary fiction so I don't feel bad about giving this one 2 stars. Mostly, I was disappointed by the premise that if Richard of York had survived, he ended up as a bricklayer. Nothing against bricklayers, I mean what would we do without walls to lean on, but the scenario hardly makes the heart beat a bit faster, does it? And why is it always Richard who generates the interest in the debate on the two Princes; is it a tacit acceptance that Edward died, perhaps, whilst young Richard wa ...more
The theory put forward in this book is reliant on vast amounts of speculation. That said it is an interesting theory and certainly no worse than many of the others that have been published over the years. However the author's style did not gel with me at all, so I couldn't rate it at 5, and the fact that some of the information was presented in a rather disjointed manner knocked another star off for me.
After having read a bunch of historical fiction concerning the War of the Roses, I wanted to follow up with some non-fiction in order to get the real story so to speak. I was interested in the story of the lost princes, Edward V and his brother Prince Richard, who may or may not have been killed in the Tower of London by one of many historical figures. This book tries to show that the younger of the princes, Richard, actually survived and lived out his life as a brick layer. What a horrible read ...more
Have been interested in the Princes in the Tower for years and was intrigued by the concept. However the book is very disappointing and is a bit of a hybrid of fact/assumption. A lot of attributing of emotions which is out of place. The first section prior to the disappearance from the Tower is ok but the next portion is not convincing .
The theory could be quite interesting, I like mysteries, but I was disappointed from the absence of proofs. So in the end the book remains halfway between history and historical fiction, reaching neither one nor the other.