Books by Hallam - advice sought

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Books by Hallam - advice sought

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1myshelves
Feb 4, 2009, 9:51 pm

Can anyone tell me more about these 2 books?

The Wars of the Roses: From Richard II to the Fall of Richard III at Bosworth Field-Seen Through the Eyes of Their Contemporaries by Elizabeth Hallam

Chronicles of the Wars of the Roses by Elizabeth Hallam

Which contemporaries? Which chronicles?

Two different books, or the same content with different titles?

Any new information or insights to be found?

Thanks.

2Fey
Mar 7, 2009, 8:17 pm

The two books are the same work. To quote from the back cover, they contain "125,000 words of the original chroniclers , from England, France, Italy, Flanders; 117 mini-essays, with over 230 illustrations in black and white; detailed maps; comprehensive bibliography; index". In form it's a huge coffee table type book, weighing some 4 kg. It's structured roughly like this: on the right the extracts from chronicles, records etc (in modern English) and on the left a short essay on a personality, event or social/artistic aspect of the age (not only relating to England). Also important to note, it deals fairly with King Richard III. It's really a fabulous books, as all are the other than Ms. Hallam has edited. I can't think why they're not better appreciated.