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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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Dec 28, 2008 Ikonopeiston rated it it was amazing
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
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 reputation), 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
Ed Draper
Jul 14, 2016 Ed Draper rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Evolution of history

My mentor in philosophy of history defended the credible assertion that history professes true fidelity to "accurate depiction of prior human events as they actually occurred" . Any progress in attaining that goal is dynamic--only variously successful and never fully completed. The historian can't expect to reveal fully and accurately "what really scored". History is the present evolution of proposed descriptions of an assumed set of events never directly accessible to any ch
Michael Cayley
Oct 09, 2015 Michael Cayley rated it liked it
The focus of this book is primarily on Richard III's reputation and how far the picture of him as a villain is justified. It is written by a dedicated champion of Richard, and his bias inevitably shows through. There is, though, no doubt that the Tudors deliberately maligned him. At worst he was no more evil than Henry VII and Henry VIII, and arguably a lot less so, since the two Henry's were ruthless and often tyrannical, and had a large swathe of the upper class executed, while Richard in his ...more
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Feb 24, 2016 Kennedy Okafor rated it it was amazing
After reading this book i realized that the main purpose is Richard's reputation. Everyone one saw Richard as the bad guy but what they do not realized is that he is not worst than than Henry VII. My opinion also after reading this book is that Richard was always falsely accused of something he never did all the time because they always portray him as the bad guy most times. Overall this was a really good book and i understood why they made Richard out to be the bad person and that is because th ...more
Feb 15, 2010 Wayne rated it it was amazing
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......
An interesting read. A look at how Richard has been portrayed through the centuries by actors, authors and critics. Well worth reading!
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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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