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Description: The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his DNA : Paperback : The History Press Ltd : 9780752492056 : 0752492055 : 01 Apr 2013 : The Last Days of Richard III contains a new and uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days. The Book Depository The Last Days of Richard III and the fate of his by John Ashdown-Hill - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: Lynne Medcraft

Rating: 5

Review: John Ashdown Hill worked so hard on getting to the truth about Richard 111. He followed his movements up to and at Bosworth. It took years of work. He campaigned and spent a lot of his own money to find out what happened- at the end while battling and losing to MND. He did not try to make Richard a saint but a medieval warrior and loyal brother.

 

Author: SammyT

Rating: 3

Review: Don't select this book if it's your first dip into the world of Richard III. It is definitely better to take this book alongside other books that cover the same topic. This is because, read in isolation, you may end up grasping not only the wrong end of the stick, but also grasping an entirely different stick! It provides an interpretation of history that is complex to untangle from the obscuring fog. My personal conclusion was that the fog was deliberately placed, and this reduces my respect for the writer. This is a shame, as the author is clearly a very competent and diligent historian who has some interesting opinions about history. The book is insightful and well-researched, but suffers from a challenging literary style which means you need to stand back to digest. There's nothing wrong with bias, all historians have their personal opinions to voice, but be warned that the written style of this book seems to mask the bias very well. I personally find the style almost impossible to read, and found myself reading a few pages, then pausing to work out what the bare bones of what those pages actually were. The author has an infuriating habit of inserting quotations from other historical works using quotation marks, in exactly the established manner of quoting a contemporary source. So you'll read a quotation that appears to support a statement the author has made and you'll think 'oh how interesting'...only to realise (by stopping to check the oodles of notes) that you've actually just read a quotation from someone writing in the 1990s about the same thing. After a while this made me discount pretty much everything that appeared in quotation marks, because I simply could not be bothered stopping all the time to check the notes. It also leaves me feeling like the author is deliberately trying to obscure when something is a genuine contemporary source. Another good practice of the historian that this author declines to follow is to clarify from the start how certain nouns and names will be adopted throughout the work, to avoid confusion. (An example is the variations of Matilda and Maud that are used to differentiate between two separate prominent figures in 12th century English history.) The author therefore feels gleefully compelled to put inverted commas around the word Tudor every time it is written. There are valid reasons for saying 'hey this isn't really the right name to use, and it might be an invented historical name anyway', but by the time you get halfway through the book, it feels like the author is being childishly petty every time he writes the word Tudor. A number of times, I had to put the book down and chunter out loud in frustration! The difficult text and overly partisan bias of the author really mucks up what is otherwise a good book. His research into the period is second to none. His ability to unearth fact is wonderful. His contribution to history (in support of the rediscovery of the body of Richard III in Leicester) is unquestionable. And for all these reasons, I refused to be beaten and put the book down. Hats off to the author for his talents, but unfortunately putting his findings into words is not his forte. The result is a highly biased series of thoughts and opinions which are not substantiated by clear or logical evaluation of the facts and limited source material from the period. If you are a serious student of the period, then this book is an essential read.

 

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