Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower

eBook - 2011
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Since Tudor times Richard III has been painted as the "black legend," the murderous uncle; however, the truth is much more complicated and interesting. Richard III is accused of murdering his nephews, the "Princes in the Tower," in order to usurp the throne of England, but this book tells a different story. Rather than looking at all the killings Richard III did not commit, this account focuses on the one judicial murder for which we know that he was responsible. On June 13, 1483, William, Lord Hastings was hustled from a meeting of the Royal Council and summarily executed on Tower Green within the confines of the Tower of London. This book sheds light on the mystery of this precipitate and unadvised action by the then Duke of Gloucester and reveals the key role of William Catesby in Richard's ascent to the throne of England. It explains his curious actions during that tumultuous summer of three kings and provides an explanation for the fate of the "Princes in the Tower." Presenting complex theories in an entertaining style, this book features more than 50 pages of appendices, including transcripts of real documents and letters, as well as notes.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2011]
ISBN: 9780752469171
Branch Call Number: 942.046 Ha
Description: 1 online resource (240 pages)
Additional Contributors: Freading (Firm)

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SusanLawson Feb 14, 2013

This book is mistitled. It is a scholarly exploration of exactly WHEN Richard III discovered that his nephews were illegitimate, and how he reacted to the news. The discussion of the murder of his nephews in the tower is limited to one or two paragraphs.

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