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Richard III

Brother, Protector, King
Narrated by: Roger Davis
Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: History, European
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The last Plantagenet king remains one of England's most famous and controversial monarchs.

There are few parallels in English history that can match the drama of Richard III's reign, witnessed in its full bloody intensity. A dedicated brother and loyal stalwart to the Yorkist dynasty for most of his early life, Richard's personality was forged in the tribulation of exile and the brutality of combat.

An ambitious nobleman and successful general with a loyal following, Richard was a man who could claim to have achieved every ambition in life - except one. Within months of his brother Edward IV's early death, Richard stunned the nation when he seized the throne for himself and disinherited his nephews. Having put to death his rivals, Richard's two-year reign would become one of the most tumultuous in English history, ending in treachery and with his death on the battlefield at Bosworth.

Chris Skidmore's biography strips back the legends that surround Richard's life and reign, and by returning to original manuscript evidence, he rediscovers the man as contemporaries saw him. Rather than vindicate or condemn, Skidmore's compelling study presents every facet of Richard's personality as it deserves to be seen: as one of the most important figures in medieval history, whose actions and behaviour underline the true nature of power in an age of great drama, upheaval and instability.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2016 Chris Skidmore (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 03-07-18

Excellent

Didn't want to stop listening once I started. Well narrated and a gripping tale. It was good to find out the true story and not just Shakespeare's take on it.

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  • 09-24-19

The last Plantagenets bloody reign.

Skidmore squeezes every drop out of the available primary source material to present a convincing portrait of a man caught up in a bloody dynastic power struggle. The death of his brother Edward IV left Richard in an unenviable dilemma in which he committed horrific crimes in order to preserve his own life and that of his family. A very good account of his life and death indeed.

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  • Pinto
  • 08-23-19

Well written and researched but...

The fly in the ointment is the narrator's unnecessary attempt at impersonating the foreign participants, e.g. Mancini, with a made up accent which wasn't Italian nor French nor anything I recognized, but from some mysterious land that only exists in his head; it wasn't even consistent, some times Mancini's speech reverts back to an English accent in the same sentence! Off putting that in my opinion, but it doesn't detract from the quality of Chris Skidmore's work.