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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 1768)
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Chris
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda
Sep 20, 2013 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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Brianna
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
That postscript though...wow. Hope you saw that, Phil of Orlean. Must get my paws on a copy of the Croyland Chronicle.

Update: Just looked up said Phil of Orlean. A matter of months after he voted for his cousin, Louis XVI, to be executed, he himself was killed for treason (or having possibly treasonous relatives, which was good enough for The People).

Application: Never throw your cousin under the bus (or the ax) to save your own neck. It doesn't work.
Abigail Hartman
Aug 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
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
Loren
Mar 01, 2009 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 — also known as Horace Walpole — was an English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig 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, h ...more
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“Historic justice is due to all characters. Who would not vindicate Henry the Eighth or Charles the Second, if found to be falsely traduced? Why then not Richard the Third?” 0 likes
“All very ancient history, except that of the illuminated Jews, is a perfect fable. It was written by priests, or collected from their reports; and calculated solely to raise lofty ideas of the origin of each nation. Gods and demi-gods were the principal actors; and truth is seldom to be expected where the personages are supernatural. The Greek historians have no advantage over the Peruvian, but in the beauty of their language, or from that language being more familiar to us. Mango Capac, the son of the sun, is as authentic a founder of a royal race, as the progenitor of the Heraclidae. What truth indeed could be expected, when even the identity of person is uncertain? The actions of one were ascribed to many, and of many to one. It is not known whether there was a single Hercules or twenty.” 0 likes
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