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Richard: The Young King To Be (Richard III, #1)

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A major new biography of the young Richard III. Richard III is a paradox - the most hated of English kings, yet the most beloved, a deeply pious man, yet materialistic to the point of obsession, puritan, yet the father of at least two illegitimate children. This new biography concentrates on the much neglected early part of Richard's life - from his birth in 1452 as a cade ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 28th 2010 by Amberley Publishing (first published November 15th 2008)
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Ikonopeiston
Jan 28, 2009 Ikonopeiston rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
There is the skeleton of a good book, maybe even an excellent one buried beneath the adipose tissue of this volume. Alas, it is buried too deeply for the typical reader to be bothered to excavate.

Surely, any editor of minimal competence would have helped Wilkinson organize her material better. This book reads as though the author was so excited by her subject and so pleased with what she had discovered or surmised about him that she simply dumped it all out and chortled over the mess. There are
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Linda
Mar 09, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book starts slowly but it rewards patience. The name is somewhat of a misnomer since no one knows exactly how Richard spent his childhood nor how any youngster, especially of noble blood did. But the interesting part is how Wilkinson explains the history around Richard's childhood. (At times she psychologizes, which I didn't like, but it's her book.) She speculates on how Richard must have felt when his father and 2 older brothers were chased into exile and he, his mother and his brother an ...more
Fitchburg Public Library
An interesting and balanced biography, but in dire need of an editor.
Marigold
Yes it's true, I'm a medieval history geek & I believe I've read everything that's been published about Richard III! There are several really good biographies of Richard & some recent books that have discussed new discoveries from historical records. This book, while well balanced (neither excessively pro nor anti Richard), is not well written & contains numerous typos. Too bad as it could have been a good addition. Nevertheless, I'll probably read Volume II.
Nelina Kapetsoni
Mar 31, 2015 Nelina Kapetsoni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is so unbelievably biased in favour of Richard, that ceases to be a history book. There were parts where I felt I was reading fiction, and honestly I don't know why I don't stop reading it now. Probably because I want to see how far the author will take it! A disgrace!
John
Jan 15, 2013 John rated it liked it
I agree with other reviewers, that the book lacked good editing. It also lacked error-checking. For example, King Louis XI of France did not provide financial support to Henry Tudor's expedition in 1485, as King Louis had died in 1481!
Peggy Whyte
Heavy duty research.
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Dr Josephine Wilkinson received a First Class Honours degree from the University of Newcastle. She was the winner of the Third Year Prize for her work on The Little Apocalypse, which placed Mark chapter 13 into its historical context, and the Jewish Studies Prize for her historical study of the community at Qumran. She remained at Newcastle, earning an MPhil for her thesis on the historical John t ...more
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