A failed king?
128pp. Allen Lane. 14.99 [pounds sterling].
Over the centuries since his death at the Battle of Bosworth on August 22, 1485, Richard III's reputation has run the gamut from devious, child murdering monster who would stop at nothing to gain the throne, to principled, selfless lord, forced reluctantly to accept power for the good of the realm. In her lucid survey of Richard's life and reign for the Penguin Monarchs series, Rosemary Horrox states that no historian now takes the monstrous version seriously. Yet she explains that there is a trace of it in modern academic discussions of Richard nonetheless, in...