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  • Richard III

  • Brother, Protector, King
  • By: Chris Skidmore
  • Narrated by: Roger Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Richard III

By: Chris Skidmore
Narrated by: Roger Davis
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The last Plantagenet king remains one of England's most famous and controversial monarchs.

There are few parallels in English history that can match the drama of Richard III's reign, witnessed in its full bloody intensity. A dedicated brother and loyal stalwart to the Yorkist dynasty for most of his early life, Richard's personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat.

An ambitious nobleman and successful general with a loyal following, Richard was a man who could claim to have achieved every ambition in life - except one. Within months of his brother Edward IV's early death, Richard stunned the nation when he seized the throne for himself and disinherited his nephews. Having put to death his rivals, Richard's two-year reign would become one of the most tumultuous in English history, ending in treachery and with his death on the battlefield at Bosworth.

Chris Skidmore's biography strips back the legends that surround Richard's life and reign, and by returning to original manuscript evidence, he rediscovers the man as contemporaries saw him. Rather than vindicate or condemn, Skidmore's compelling study presents every facet of Richard's personality as it deserves to be seen: as one of the most important figures in medieval history, whose actions and behaviour underline the true nature of power in an age of great drama, upheaval and instability.

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©2016 Chris Skidmore (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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This is the best and most impartial retelling of the war of the roses and life of Richard 3rd I have encountered. I thought it might be dull but it was engrossing and easy to follow.
It is well read with a slightly different voicing for quotations from the many historical sources.

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