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History is written by the winners. More quoted Moreton, as did clerics where Moreton hid, yet this account is regarded as reliable.
More, the ‘reliable’ eye witness, was only 5 years old during the events surrounding the reign of Richard III and passes off second hand accounts from other Lancastrians as fact. Accounts set down over 20 years later. The author of this book, like many before him, was lazy.
It is likely that Henry is the true usurper, that Henry had the Yorkist princes murdered, and that Henry encouraged the stories about Richard. When Henry forced the repeal of Titulus Regius (insisting nobody must read it and all copies must be destroyed) to relegitimise his future Yorkist wife, he also relegitimised the rightful king and his brother, safely held in the Tower. Now Henry had a reason to kill them.
Historical facts and documents from the time do not support Henry VII’s account, only More/Moreton do so.
I hope more people take time to examine the facts surrounding Richard and Henry and finally put to bed the ridiculous idea that Richard killed his now illegitimate nephews to gain a throne that was already his.
A really good account of the causes and course of the Wars of the Roses saying that three people caused the 30 year conflict - Henry VI (due to his failings as a King), Warwick the Kingmaker (who failed to accept the preferences of the Yorkist King, Edward IV, to be advised by anyone other than Warwick) and Richard III (fear and ambition prompted him to usurp the throne) but that in spite of the fighting and bloodshed, England was moving towards being a more peaceful country. A thoroughly good read.
Having just read 3 other Wars of the Roses books I might have been better to have a break. A great book if you want a minute by minute descriptions of this part of English history. It was a shame that it just didn't flow for me however, I will go back to it at some point as it has fueled my curisity of this period.
I really like this version of history. It seems much more likely than the sanitised version of the Wars of the Roses served up when I was a school boy. More Game of Thrones without the fantasy, leaving just the politics. The truth is fascinating.
An interesting account of the English Civil War stife of the 15th Century. I found the book descriptive and informative but short on details. This was not the Historians fault as the original details are not available.
The Wars of the Roses surely must be one of the most confused and turbulent periods of history, the confusion often outranking the turbulence, as nobles switched allegiance and kings were deposed and ruled and deposed and ruled. John Gillingham somehow slices a clean pathway through the confusion and explains it all in a way any history buff can understand it, especially with regard to Edward IV's two separate reigns, his exile, his return and his final claiming of the crown of England, which he continued to hold for some twenty years. Mr Gillingham is to be congratulated on a fine book which - for once - seems to be unbiased and balanced.