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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 October 26th 2007 by Dodo Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Chris
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.
Jenni
Aug 17, 2011 Jenni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda
Sep 20, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Abigail Hartman
Aug 23, 2013 Abigail Hartman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Somyajeet
Too heavy to be taken lightly.LOL!
Loren
Mar 28, 2009 Loren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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