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3.97  ·  Rating details ·  392 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Treachery in Love and War in the Struggle for the English Crown From the time he sees his parents brutally slain and his home destroyed in a bloody Lancastrian power struggle for the crown, young Martin Robsart's life becomes entwined with that of England's royal Plantagenet family. Through the turbulence of civil war, Martin serves his cousins -- Yorkist kings Edward IV a ...more
Paperback, 440 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Bewrite Books
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Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at the life of Richard III and The War of The Roses. The book details the life of Edward IV and Richard III as told from the point of view of their fictional cousin, Martin Robsart, who joins Richard's family after his family is killed during conflicts between the Lancasters and The Yorks. While I don't normally care for stories told in the first person, it worked in this book as it placed the reader intimately in Richard's life, starting at age eight until the final decisive ...more
Darkpool (protesting GR censorship)
Gosh, I enjoyed this - well as much as I ever enjoy any Richard III book. And I've read a lot of them. The trouble is that I know how the story must end, and it's not good.
This author used a fictional "best friend" of Richard as the narrator, an device that worked very well I think. She also painted one of the most human and believable portraits of Richard right through his life that I've read. He wasn't prudish as some books make him, nor was he saintly. He was certainly not a sinister, plotti
The novel has a slow start, but towards the middle it does improve considerably. Its plot, which covers from the time Edward of York takes his father and brother Edmund's places as Yorkist leader after they're killed by Lancastrians at Wakefield up to the Battle of Bosworth and his brother Richard's death, is told from the standpoint of a fictional cousin of the Yorks, Martin, Lord Robsart, and is written in a very modern language that can be jarring to some readers, though it's easy to get used ...more
Dec 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I enjoy reading historical fiction set in this time period and have a particular affinity for fiction about Edward IV, Richard III and the princes in the tower. Their stories are fascinating, with secrets, lies, cover ups, sacrifices, romance, heartbreak and mystery, they have everything except a happy ending.

I've read quite a few novels set during The War of the Roses, so I'm reasonably familiar with the historical figures. Though sometimes my aging mind needs a little help remembering what it
Deb B.
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2011
I thoroughly enjoyed this book in which we see the life of Richard III and the tumultuous events of 1461 through 1485 through his (fictional) best friend's eyes. Ah, it would be nice to think that Richard really did have someone like the loyal Martin Robsart by his side.

The author, through Martin's often witty narration, does an excellent job at disentangling the complicated, confusing network of family relationships and political intrigues that characterize this period.

Unfortunately, as much as
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have been a devoted Ricardian since I read The Daughter Of Time many years ago and this is one of the best books about Richard III I have come across. It is narrated by Martin Robsart a fictional cousin and childhood friend of Richard. Starting when he was eight it gives great insight into Richard`s character and shows what a good king he was in his all too short reign. The characters of Richard's family and contemporaries are well drawn and the theory about the fate of the princes in the towe ...more
Dec 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
I just love stuff about Richard III. Can't get enough of it. I think it's the whole mystery that surrounds him that I find so intriguing. I tend to be in the camp where I don't think he killed his nephews nor do I think he was the rotter that has been portrayed by William Shakespeare and believed as truth for centuries. But anyway -- I liked this a lot, I didn't love it. It is a little bit of a different spin on the Richard III tale which I liked quite a bit. But if you're a Richard III fan - th ...more
Dec 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ricardian
This book gave me, a Ricardian, much pleasure. It is a rollicking and constantly compelling story of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, though the eyes of a loyal companion. My only complaint is the occasional usage of Australian slang. It is a bit distracting to find such language in fifteenth century England.
Sep 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read Meredith Whitford's Treason several years ago and really liked her writing style and her devotion to historical events. I highly recommend this book.
Feb 06, 2013 marked it as to-read
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May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-challege
I have long been a believer in Richard III as a warrior, a loyal friend and brother. I love Shakespeare, but he was writing for a Tudor viewership. Ms. Whitford's Richard is a man I could like and admire, and was so pleased to see my view here. Ms. Whitford has an Author's Note at the end in which she explains what is fact and what is fiction. The book is very readable, her characters, both good and bad, are well-drawn, their actions reasonable and stay true to character. Yes, I am very biased i ...more
Dan Eldredge
Apr 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In studying history we learn about the events, but we rarely get into the heads of those who lived it. Their motivations and the zeitgeist is often lost in the fog of time. In "Treason," Meredith Whitford succeeds and providing plausible motivations for the characters, bringing this medieval world to life.

Only a certain type of reader will enjoy this book. That reader must love history and be willing to deal with a cast of dozens of characters (known by both names and titles), complex interrelat
Deborah Pickstone
This is one of the best HF versions of Richard III's history that I have read. Though the writing stuttered a little early in the book I still gave it 5 stars because I really enjoyed the very fair treatment given to Richard III and the explanations via the storyline of various mysteries surrounding his life and times; there are many of these, I actually sat down and wrote them all out one night and there are upward of 20 major issues that we do not have answers to.

I am, of course, a revisionist
This book captivated my interest from the very beginning. When Whitford introduces the fictional Martin as Richard's best friend we are immediately thrown into the violence of the Wars of the Roses. Through Martin's eyes we watch Edward IV's stellar rise and gluttonous fall. Richard is portrayed as a somewhat average noble boy - with a little too much emphasis on the teenage sleeping around for my taste, but once you get past that part the story is brilliant and fascinating.

Whitford tells Richa
Feb 09, 2013 rated it really liked it
Treason is about a fictional character called Martin Robsart, who is cousin to Edward IV and Richard III; we first meet an older Martin writing down his life in Scotland, where he was now living after being branded a traitor by the new King Henry VII.
The story was interesting, although I have to admit it took a while to get going for me, it seemed rather dry, lacking in something at the start, though we met with Martin during a traumatic moment of his life, it felt a bit slow going.
In fact it d
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! Meredith Whitford brings to life a chaotic, violent time period, where the bonds of loyalty and love were a tangled web, and pulls out an outstanding interpretation of a man who has long been written off by history as a kinslaying hunchback.

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Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I had been wanting to read this book for quite some time and was finally able to obtain it through inter-library interstate loan. I always find reading books with the same basic historical facts written by different authors from potentially different perspectives quite appealing. This is probably the 5th book I've read about Edward VI and Richard III - some have been biographies and some have been historical fiction. I found this book a little too much on the romantic-hero Ricardian image for my ...more
I love the way this story was written from the inside of a royal family. I feel as if I know more about the families and their many relatives and friends whose names I have read and heard over and over throughout my life. These two Kings have always been my favorites to read fictional and non-fiction stories about. I am also intrigued by the story line for the "Princes of the Tower" that Whitford took, it makes you wonder if the boys really survived or if they actually died in the tower. From Th ...more
Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wasnt sure what to expect when I started reading this. Its been languishing on my tbr pile for about 18 months and I was waiting for the right time to read it. As a devoted Ricardian I know the history, the battles and the players and have read a lot of books on the subject. I wasnt disappointed - in fact I was quite blown away. The way MW writes the story, through the eyes of his faithful, loyal, lifelong friend, Martin Robsart who is a fictional character, is a brilliant way of telling the s ...more
I would like to give this book a higher score. It's take of Richard IIIs history is nice and I like the explanations for all the "disputed" parts of his story.

But throughout, this novel is too distant: The main character is a soldier but we barely ever see him fight - and if so, it's often "for the next few hours my reflexes took over". The whole story and its message are extremely political but over and over the main character claims not to be interested in politics and thus gives us no emotio
Sep 09, 2009 rated it liked it
Pretty good, but I'm ruined for Richard III/Wars of the Roses historical fiction by The Sunne in Splendour, which is one of my all-time favorite books. This one is narrated by a fictional cousin/close friend of Richard III's. It tells the story pretty well, but there were some things about the writing (including some strangely modern phrases or words mixed in) that made it so I never felt all that invested. Entertaining enough, but not particularly memorable.
Mar 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This historical fiction follows the lives of King Richard III and King Edward IV. This is during the time of the War of the Roses and the Yorks and Landcastrians. It is told through the voice of a fictitious character, Martin Rosbart. I didn't mind the story being told this way, but I found too much narrative and not enough dialog between the characters. That was when the story was at it's best, but still it was a good read. I enjoyed Philippa Gregory's series better, and will take ot ...more
Jul 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
A great take on Richard III from an insider's perspective; similar to Sunne in Splendour in its sympathies, but far more of a story telling rather than history tome. At times far too casual, modern colloquials I doubt existed in the 15th century and perhaps too forgiving in character perfections. Nonetheless there is a distinct humanity about the story, something often missed in historical fiction. Overall, a light entertaining read to add to the War of the Roses library.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very interesting and well-written book. This historical fiction account brought to life the otherwise mundane history of the English throne in part of the 15th century (Edward IV, Richard III, Henry VII). Having dabbled a bit in genealogy, where I encountered many of the familiar English royalty surnames in my ancestry, this book helped bring to life an otherwise clinical branch on the family tree.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book will take the reader into an amazing time in English history in a gracious and comfortable writing style. The story is rich in fact and shared in such a manner that no scorecard is required to follow the characters who made this period such an interesting time in England's story. I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in Richard III and those who shaped his life. It has set me on a journey into history that just continues to entertain and educate.
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I don't generally do historical fiction but I loved this one. It's really long but very interesting and fast paced for me. It surrounds the time of War of the Roses in England which wasn't something I was overly familiar with. I'm sure if you're a serious history buff you might not like some of the liberties taken with the book. I thought it had interesting characters, especially Richard III who had morphed into a horrible, deformed king under Shakespeare.
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it
This story of a balanced and level-headed Richard III and a heroic Edward IV, as seen through the eyes of an orphaned cousin raised in the York household, is not bad at all. But despite its interesting narrator and wealth of historic detail, this novel lacks the intimacy, the emotional intensity, complexity and texture of Sharon Penman's fabulous "Sunne in Splendour."
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I very much enjoyed this book, a telling of Richard III's life through the eyes of a fictional cousin. I found it to be well written and well researched. I especially loved the very end, in the author's note, where she wonders if his remains were thrown into the River Soar, as some accounts have suggested, or if he is buried under a car park in Leicester!
Coleen Dailey
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It gives a different view of Richard the Third as. a good merciful ruler loved by his people. In the book Richard does not kill his nephews and fights valiantly to preserve his brother's and then his throne. would recommend to anyone who likes stories of this time period.
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: medieval-fiction
LOVED IT. Definitely in my top 3 of Richard III novels, maybe even in the #1 spot now. I enjoyed the characterisations and the way the history was written. I also really liked the narrator, the fictional cousin Martin Robsart. so I do recommend this for people who are interested in the Wars of the Roses and/or Richard III.
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Meredith Whitford lives in South Australia. She has a BA from the University of Adelaide and a Master's degree in Creative Writing from Flinders University, where she is currently a PhD student. She has had three books (two historical novels and a biography) published, and won awards for two of them. She is a freelance editor, and as director of Between Us Manuscript Assessment Service has worked ...more
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