More's History of King Richard III and Walpole's Historic Doubts, edited and with introductions by Paul Murray Kendall...
|Title||:||Richard III: The Great Debate|
|Number of Pages||:||248 Pages|
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Richard III: The Great Debate Reviews
A bit tough going in some places. But Ricardians rejoice! Apparently Richard III's skeleton--recently unearthed in a car park behind the Leicester Social Services building not far from historic Bosworth field--reveals that though he did have scoliosis, there was no withered arm, nor any facial deformities. Forensic anthropologists say he was tall for the age and had delicate (almost feminine) bone structure. About the little princes we can only speculate. What we do know for sure is that he was a great reader (as was President Lincoln), a romantic, a highly competent administrator an expedient soldier and brilliant campaigner in the field; that he had liberal aspirations--he abolished "benevolences" (taxes for the king) and defended the free press. After his lascivious brother(s) fornicated all over the throne, he came to power with a sobriety that I for one find refreshing. Fie on all ye believers of that grossly misguided Thomas More and pah on Shakespeare!!!! (Did I just write that?)
The introduction and comments were well done. These two volumes do need to be put together. It would have been five stars, but I am still dumb founded that some can read Thomas More's 'history' and think that it was fact (*cough Desmon Seward and Alison Weir cough*). I love how Kendall pointed out that this was released at the same time as The Prince, upon comparing More to Machiavelli his history as a political commentary and his motives make more sense.
Great to have these two classics in the same volume. The introductions were helpful and the editor's notes have an informal feel--which is the way it should be.