On August 22, 1485, at Bosworth Field, Richard III fell, the Wars of the Roses ended, and the Tudor dynasty began. The clash is so significant because it marks the break between medieval and modern; yet how much do we really know about this historical landmark? Michael K. Jones uses archival discoveries to show Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years.
With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries and a new account of the battle action, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.
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"A brilliant rethinking of Richard III, whose reign ended at the bloody Battle of Bosworth.... Anyone interested in military history will appreciate this vivid and well-written reconsideration of a major military encounter...." (Library Journal)
I currently read much American history and modern European history. Several times when I was younger, I tried to understand the War of the Roses, but I just couldn't keep the family stories straight or have a sense of context for what I was trying to understand. I remember being grateful for my American history, which I could realistically study comprehensively from the landing of the Mayflower to current times over the course of my adult life with a fairly straightforward understanding. I would pity British and European lovers of history who had such enormous time spans to try to master. However, after completing this Audio book with the excellent narration of Peter Wickham and the absorbing writing of Michael K. Jones, I am beginning to understand this period of English history. I feel as though I have an historical foundation to build upon moving forward into the Tudor dynasty and beyond, as well as past the Plantagenet dynasty to what came before.
Through listening to Audio books, I have learned how important the narrator can be. I am always careful to listen to the sample of the narrator's voice and reading style before making a purchase. I do not mind a British accent; in fact, I think I retain more information because it is so distinctive. I was not put off by Mr. Wickham's accent.
For many years I have done much reaading about the saga of Richard III, Bosworth 1485 is a wonderful presentation of detailed invformation presented in a logical organized, meaningful possibility for the real story,
a thorough retelling of the story of Richard III and the Wars of the Roses. Richard III is depicted more as a tragic hero than a conniving villain.
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