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The White Boar (Lovell Duo #1)

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A Time of Passion - When the Last Plantagenet Fought For His Power, and Men and Women Died For a Bloodstained Rose or a Stolen Embrace
On the throne of England was Richard III, to some an unspeakable monster, to others a magnificent master. This was the man for whom Philip and Francis Lovell were willing to risk their lives and their fortunes, one on the savage battlefields
Paperback, 413 pages
Published 1973 by Popular Library (first published 1968)
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This was the first book I ever read about Richard III, and it was life-changing as it kindled my interest in the guy and I have been reading about him ever since. Many authors owe a small proportion of the royalties to Marian Palmer!

It's still a good read, although there are fictional characters in there (quite convincing ones) some historical errors and some bits that are just slightly 'odd'. It remains close to my heart despite its weaknesses, which for me are offset my the general quality of
Just arrived from Finland through BM.

This is the story of Richard III, the last Plantagenet, as viewed by the cousins Francis and Phillip Lovell. As historical background we learn about the famous Wars of the Roses held in the last half of the fifteenth century in England.

Marian Palmer has an unique style of writing, quite different of some well known historical fiction authors.

For those who are interested on novels set during the War of the Roses, there is an interesting website on this subject
The story is told by the Lovell cousins Philip (pretty sure he’s fictional) and Francis. Francis is given is wardship to Warwick and goes to Middleham. There he meets Philip after long time and for the first time sees Richard, Duke of Gloucester. There’s lot more going on but I don’t even try to tell it. Wikipedia is your friend.

I did enjoy this but it was bit dry on points and some of the phraisings does show the book’s age. But I liked how the characters were described, especially Richard. He
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Ok, but showing its age. I found the prose a bit clumsy in places.
Published in 1968, Marian Palmer gives her spin on the oft-told tale of Richard III but she tells it from the point of view of cousins Francis and Phillip Lovell (I believe Phillip is a fictional character). Phillip serves in Edward IV’s household, and a younger Francis is given in wardship to Warwick where he meets Edward’s younger brother Richard and as an adult faithfully served the future Richard III. This is one of those books where you either know the history and don’t need me rehashing it ...more
"The cat, the rat, and Lovell the dog..." - just reread this book which I read for the first time 40+ years ago. Been awhile since I had read it but immediately remembered why I enjoyed this book so much.
"The White Boar" tells the story of Richard III from his teen years until his death through the lives of the Lovell cousins - Francis and Philip. Francis is a real person and Philip is a fictional character created for the story. Both cousins become good friends and intimates of Richard III. Th
As already said by other readers, in this book Richard is depicted neither as a saint nor as a devil, but a man with both hopes and regrets. After having read many books about his life, obviously all with everything but a happy ending, it was good having one ending with a ray of hope, at least for one of the characters.
One of the main protagonists is Philip Lovell, a fictional cousin of Francis Lovell. He's a loyal friend to Richard III, and probably the best idea of the author was to have him
loved this book, so romantic and sad; haunted my thoughts over the years: what did happen to those princes in the tower?
Mary Dealing
This is a great read for any fans of English history in general and of Richard III in particular. His story is told through the eyes of his closest friends. It reads very quickly and is a book I have enjoyed re-reading more than once. Richard and his closest friends are portrayed in a very realistic light, and I don't think you have to be very knowledgeable about the Wars of the Roses to understand and enjoy this book. Anyone who is interested in learning more about Richard should take the time ...more
Rosemary Prawdzik
I had high hopes for this book since the perspective was supposed to be that of a man who knew Richard well. However, the story was less about Richard himself than the times. While I was aware of Francis Lovell and his role in the service of Richard, I had not been aware of the cousin, so I suppose he was fictional. I had truly hoped for more insight into the man - Richard - as experienced by another man - but not so.
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From Doubleday:

Marian Palmer became interested in Richard III around 1958 and from this interest came The White Boar, her first novel. She is currently at work on a second novel concerning the same period of history. Mrs Palmer lives in Vancouver, Canada, with her husband and daughter.
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