Good King Richard?: An Account of Richard III and His Reputation
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Good King Richard?: An Account of Richard III and His Reputation

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Richard III, the so-called 'last English King of England' and the wicked uncle of popular tradition, is the most controversial and enigmatic of monarchs. Still the Great Debate between traditionalists and revisionists rages on. Was he an enlightened legislator out of his depth in the political intrigues of his time? Or was he simply, brutally, the 'gargoyle on the great ca...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published August 1st 1994 by Constable & Robinson (first published 1983)
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Ikonopeiston
Jan 15, 2009 Ikonopeiston rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: historians, Ricardians
This book is a veritable treasure trove of Ricardian information. Let me be clear - in no way is it the type of non-critical, slightly hysterical, overly romantic defence of "the last English king" which is so off-putting and embarrassing to those of us who believe in his innate decency. On the contrary, it is a clear eyed look at the varying changes which time has brought to the reputation of Richard III.

This book takes the facts with which I am very familiar and organizes them differently. Th...more
Brianna
In the interest of full disclosure, I was already a Ricardian before I read this book.

The author is clear to pronounce his partiality at the start (he was the Chairman of the Richard III Society, which is in essence devoted to improving and preserving King Richard's reuptation), and doesn't claim to come at the issue impartially, but I still found parts of the text to be trying a bit too hard. All in all, though, that was the exception and not the rule.

This was published in the '90s so I found t...more
Lezley
An interesting read. A look at how Richard has been portrayed through the centuries by actors, authors and critics. Well worth reading!
Wayne
My favourite as the best summary of the evidence that King Richard III was the most falsely accused king in (at least) English history. A fantastic and fascinating read, and one of the books that made me question the historicity of the "Tudor myth." By Jeremy Potter, former chair of the Richard III Society......
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Jeremy Potter served the Richard III Society as Chairman from 1971-1989. During his chairmanship, the Society launched several important initiatives, including the commissioning of a heroic statue of Richard III (on display in Castle Gardens, Leicester), the securing of royal patronage from H.R.H. Richard Duke of Gloucester, and the broadcast of a trial of Richard III, with Lord Elwyn-Jones, forme...more
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