Richard III

In the week in which we celebrate King Richard’s 566th birthday, here’s a great review of the latest biography of the King by Matthew Lewis.
I’m very much looking forward to reading it myself. It sounds a refreshing change (as expected) from the usual ‘biographies’ that rely so heavily on the later, bias-laden reports from More and later Tudor writers.

Richard III by Matthew Lewis

Another biography on Richard III I hear you say? Well I can tell you that this is not just any other book on Richard III! While books in the past have focused primarily on the last few years of Richard’s life, specifically during his Kingship and  ultimate death, Matthew Lewis focuses on Richard’s whole life, from birth, through his formative years to the events leading up to his time as King.

Lewis focuses a great deal of attention on Richard’s youth and time growing up during the turbulent Wars of the Roses. It is often assumed that Richard, Duke of Gloucester, the future Richard III, was a man during the period of the famous Wars of the Roses – however Lewis points out that this is clearly not the case. Born in 1452 Richard was a boy and then a teenager when Henry VI lost…

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A Ricardian since a teenager, and following stints as an archaeologist and in publishing, Alex now lives and works in King Richard’s own country, not far from his beloved York and Middleham
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