HomeGroupsTalkMoreZeitgeist
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Life and Times of Richard III : King and…
Loading...

The Life and Times of Richard III : King and Queens of England Series.… (original 1972; edition 1972)

by Anthony Cheetham

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
206395,466 (3.83)1
Richard III is one of the most mysterious figures in English history, and as such is the source of perennial fascination. Comparatively little is known of his early life, his appearance, his interests, for up to 1483 he played second fiddle to his more glorious older brothers, Edward 'this sun of York', and the feckless Clarence. Cheetham cuts through the legend and the propoganda to try to retrace the life of Richard, the forgotten years before he assumed the throne, and thus to place in focus those final hectic years before the last of the Plantagenets died on Bosworth Field. Did he really believe his brother and nephews were illegitimate? Why did he seize the throne? What happened to the princes in the tower? First published in 1992, and acknowledged as the inspiration behind Philippa Gregory's portrayal of Richard in her bestselling THE WHITE QUEEN, this new edition brings the story of England's most infamous monarch fully up to date.… (more)
Member:RBLaycock
Title:The Life and Times of Richard III : King and Queens of England Series. General Editor Antonia Fraser
Authors:Anthony Cheetham
Info:Weidenfeld & Nicolson (1972), Edition: 1st Book Club Edition, Hardcover, 224 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:
Tags:History, Kings & Queens of England

Work details

The Life and Times of Richard III by Anthony Cheetham (1972)

  1. 00
    Richard III by Charles Derek Ross (waltzmn)
    waltzmn: Anthony Cheetham's book on Richard III is one of the fairest works by "revisionist" historians -- that is, those who think Richard has been given a relatively bad rap by the Tudors and Shakespeare. But it is always good to see both sides. Charles Ross's biography is not the newest, but it remains the best by the "traditionalist" historians. We will never know the full truth about Richard III, so we will never know which side is right. But odds are that the truth will be found in a moderate position like Cheetham's or Ross's, not in the radical positions taken by the extremists on either side.… (more)
None
Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 1 mention

Showing 3 of 3
For those who want a scholarly look at Richard III, there is still a clear first choice, even though it is now decades old: Charles Ross's book Richard III. Nothing written since is as thorough, and nothing written since breaks any new ground. But although Ross is a good writer, it is a hefty tome -- and he clearly considers Richard guilty of many of the accusations against him, although he does not consider him a dreadful king or man.

For those who wish a book with a lighter tone, and one that is kinder to Richard, this is a good candidate. Anthony Cheetham is a moderate "revisionist," meaning that he considers Richard more good than bad -- although he admits that Richard is likely responsible for his nephews' deaths. Throw in the illustrations and you have a good book to set at the other end of the bookshelf from Ross. There are books which are more pro-Richard than Cheetham's, and more anti-Richard's than Ross -- but I would bet, if we could somehow find the truth, that it would fall somewhere between Ross and Cheetham, not at one of the extreme. ( )
  waltzmn | Nov 12, 2011 |
Anthony Cheetum theorizes on the questions the amateur Richard enthusiast wants answered:

Did he murder his nephews in a power play for the throne?
What impact did his reign have on the History of England?
Was he really a hunchback?

This biography is organized chronologically beginning with the birth of Richard and ending with his death. The book focuses mainly on the courtly intrigue and military battles of the War of The Roses and Richard’s ascension. We are also treated to many illustrations enlivening the key players and time period. The writing is academic and at times dry. It assumes readers only possess basic knowledge of the monarch, and so we are given a thorough account of his life. While Cheetem doesn’t offer any definitive answers, he does dissect the reigning theories with historical context, political analysis and first person narratives. And Cheetem to his credit strives to give a very balanced account of Richard, not painting him as villain or hero, but he lets the reader draw their own conclusions based on the evidence provided.

The life and times of Richard III is a very worthwhile read for anyone with interest. ( )
  Sararush | Jun 29, 2009 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Richard III is one of the most mysterious figures in English history, and as such is the source of perennial fascination. Comparatively little is known of his early life, his appearance, his interests, for up to 1483 he played second fiddle to his more glorious older brothers, Edward 'this sun of York', and the feckless Clarence. Cheetham cuts through the legend and the propoganda to try to retrace the life of Richard, the forgotten years before he assumed the throne, and thus to place in focus those final hectic years before the last of the Plantagenets died on Bosworth Field. Did he really believe his brother and nephews were illegitimate? Why did he seize the throne? What happened to the princes in the tower? First published in 1992, and acknowledged as the inspiration behind Philippa Gregory's portrayal of Richard in her bestselling THE WHITE QUEEN, this new edition brings the story of England's most infamous monarch fully up to date.

No library descriptions found.

Book description
Haiku summary

Quick Links

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.83)
0.5
1
1.5
2
2.5
3 5
3.5 1
4 9
4.5 1
5 2

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 150,579,628 books! | Top bar: Always visible