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He Who Plays the King
Mary Hocking
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He Who Plays the King

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As a child of seven, Richard of York, the future King Richard the Third, watched an even younger child coping determinedly with a large boarhound. Never again was Richard to have so clear a view of Henry Tudor, who, twenty-six years later, was to cost him his crown and his life at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Mary Hocking tells a story of kingship and king-making, of the ...more
Paperback, 286 pages
Published July 14th 2016 by Policy Press (first published January 1st 1980)
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Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
He Who Plays the King was apparently Mary Hocking’s favourite novel, it is also her only fully historical novel. The novel is really rather different from other works, although I could see several familiar themes threaded through her take on the Henry Tudor/Richard III story. Heavily rooted – as Hocking’s novels so often are – in the British countryside, she also explores the psychology of these fascinating historical characters. It has been a while since I read what I think of as a ‘kings and q ...more
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Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for 2 kings

I was unsure whether to buy this book as there were no reviews and I could find little information about the author, but I'm so glad I did. Despite some typos the quality of the writing is first class. The novel charts the parallel stories of Richard iii and Henry vii and both men are fairly represented though Richard comes across as the real hero. Through fictional characters we also perceive how the wars of the roses impacted on the lower classes of society. Though not alway
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Born in in London in 1921, Mary was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Girls School, Acton. During the Second World War she served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Wrens) attached to the Fleet Air Arm Meteorology branch and then briefly with the Signal Section in Plymouth.

Writing was in her blood. Juggling her work as a local government officer in Middlesex Education Department with writing, at f