Royal Blood

Royal Blood

Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes

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Notoriously immortalied by Shakespeare and historians, he is history's most infamous royal villian: Richard III, king of England from 1483 to 1485. Crazed with power and paranoia, he is generally supposed to have killed the youthful Prince of Wales and the aged Henry VI, drowned his brother in a vat of wine, poisoned his wife, and, worst of all, murdered his two young nephews, the older of whom was the rightful king--a reign of terror ending only with his own cowardly death on the blood-soaked field of battle. But is all this true? Modern revisionists, citing the unreliability of Shakespeare's sources and the political agenda of historians in Richard's own day, have offered a far different portrait. A brave and valiant soldier, a loyal brother, and an intelligent, able king popular with his subjects and defeated only through treachery, their Richard is the victim of a deliberate campaign of slander devised by his Tudor successors to the throne. In this comprehensive, meticulously researched book, renowned litigator Bertram Fields outlines and evaluates the arguments of both sides, sifting through five hundred years of legend to apply his highly successful courtroom techniques to the available evidence. Clearing away the dust of time, Fields reconstructs one of the most dramatic and turbulent episodes in history, analyzing the motives and machinations of the many players and emerging with the most definitive account yet of this most fascinating figure--and a powerful argument against acquiescing to common belief.
Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 2000, c1998.
Edition: 1st Perennial ed. --
ISBN: 9780060987381
Characteristics: xii, 335 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.)


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Jun 08, 2014

This book might as well have been called "Why Alison Weir is Wrong". Seriously, he spends as much time attacking others who have also written about this subject as he does on his own theories - without providing footnotes of any kind! Weir might be biased, but she is honest about what her hypothesis is and uses the evidence (WITH footnotes) to make her case.

Besides this, Fields reaches the same conclusion everyone else has - we simply will never know for sure if Richard murdered his nephews or not. There is no new information, nothing revolutionary, aside from giving a more balanced portrait of Richard. Quick read but still, may not want to waste your time. Unless you really hate Alison Weir and want to enjoy seeing her work and research called into question every other page.

LProfeta Apr 23, 2012

Did not know Richard lll till Kevin Spacey played the lead in a Brooklyn Theater, he dressed up Richard to the extreme of being totally mad which only he could do. Royal Blood is the total royal family history, these guys will do anything to remain royal. All the marriages and beheadings and cells in the Tower, I kept note on sticky notes on the refridgerator. Through it all, it's great reading laughter if your notes are in order. lol

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