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Historic Doubts on the Life and Reign of King Richard the Third: Including the Supplement, Reply, Short Observations, and PostScript

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Horace/Horatio Walpole, (1717-1797), more commonly known as Horace Walpole, was a politician, writer, architectural innovator and cousin of Lord Nelson. His Letters are highly readable, and give a vivid picture of the more intellectual part of the aristocracy of his period. He was born in London, the youngest son of British Prime Minister Robert Walpole. He was educated at ...more
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Published January 1st 1987 by A. Sutton (first published January 1st 1974)
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Walpole brings up some rather interesting points. I want to re-read some pro -Richard modern works to see if any of Walpole's points have been addressed by modern writers. I also found the bit about The Winter's Tale and Elizabeth I to be intersting. I will point out that the kindle edition I read was somewhat confusingly formatted.
love this book! great defense of Richard the third. while not a definitive answer it raises good points toward the view point of a Tudor snowjob. highly recommend this book. not the easiest read at some points, but worth making it through.
Everyone knows that Richard III of England was a hunch-backed, crippled, nephew-murdering, wife-poisoning (and other bad things) villain. We've read or seen the movie, the one where the king yells, "A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse." And Shakespeare would never lie, right?

Wrong. Shakespeare was writing for the granddaughter of the man who killed Richard and took the throne away from him. He had no right to the throne and knew it. Therefore, all sorts of propaganda had to be spread to pai
Abigail Hartman
Picked up a very badly edited edition after reading in one of Thomas Costain's postscripts that this was the work that launched him on his investigation of Richard III's reign. It is an intriguing essay, despite its dry title - and funny, too, because Walpole had wit. I chortled over a number of sections. His summation at the end of points in favor of Richard was especially helpful and makes for easy reference, as he raises notable points and questions in a far more irenic style than Josephine T ...more
Too heavy to be taken lightly.LOL!
Mar 28, 2009 Loren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: any medieval english history buff
great early defender of richard the third. basically goes through step by step the accusations set forth in shakespeares richard iii and thomas more's history of richard the third who was writing it for henty the viii. i have a folio society edition from the sixties and a first edition 1768 with origional binding of which only 1250 copies were printed. it has a bookplate of george rice minister of george iii who lost the american colonies to independance. george rice was a 10 generation direct d ...more
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Horatio Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford, was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and politician. He is now largely remembered for Strawberry Hill, the home he built in Twickenham, south-west London where he revived the Gothic style some decades before his Victorian successors, and for his Gothic novel, The Castle of Otranto. Along with the book, his literary reputation rests on his L ...more
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“Historic justice is due to all characters. Who would not vindicate Henry the Eighth or Charles the Second, if found to be falsely traduced? Why then not Richard the Third?” 0 likes
“All very ancient history, except that of the illuminated Jews, is a perfect fable. It was written by priests, or collected from their reports; and calculated solely to raise lofty ideas of the origin of each nation. Gods and demi-gods were the principal actors; and truth is seldom to be expected where the personages are supernatural. The Greek historians have no advantage over the Peruvian, but in the beauty of their language, or from that language being more familiar to us. Mango Capac, the son of the sun, is as authentic a founder of a royal race, as the progenitor of the Heraclidae. What truth indeed could be expected, when even the identity of person is uncertain? The actions of one were ascribed to many, and of many to one. It is not known whether there was a single Hercules or twenty.” 0 likes
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