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Royal Blood

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Notoriously immortalized by Shakespeare and historians, Richard III is history's most infamous royal villain. In this book, US litigator Bertram Fields goes back more than 500 years to review the case of Richard and the princes in the tower. Applying the same modern techniques he successfully uses in the courtroom, Fields outlines and evaluates the arguments on both sides and weighs the evidence, aiming to offer the definitive truth about this extraordinary man. Clearing away the dust of time, Fields attempts to answer the intriguing questions inherent in the drama: was Edward IV's marriage truly legal? Were his sons, Edward, Prince of Wales, and Richard, Duke of York, illegitimate? What role did Richard play - or not - in his brother Clarence's death? Were the bones found in the Tower of London those of the young princes? Was there even a murder? Were the boys instead removed from the Tower and raised in secrecy? And if they were cold-bloodedly killed, who else would have wanted them dead? The book ends with a re-examination of British and world history: what if Richard had never accepted the Crown? What if he had instead insisted his young nephew reign as Edward V? How would our lives be changed?

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Immortalized by Shakespeare and historians, Richard III is history's royal villain. This book offers a look at the case of Richard and the princes in the tower. It outlines and evaluates the arguments on both sides, weighs the evidence, and offers the truth about this man. It also attempts to answer the questions inherent in the drama.

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..". a most fascinating book - a step by step lawyer's brief using 500-year-old evidence in an attempt to solve one of the great mysteries of Western history.""The Wall Street Journal..". a remarkably thorough and intricate story... his account is masterfully argued and expertly researched.""Publishers Weekly""Royal Blood reads like one of those labyrinthine, and endlessly gripping, 'Who-shot-JFK?' chronicles. Fields knows his history.Suspense, mood, anecdote -- Fields employs a novelist's tools, as Norman Mailer did in examining the Gary Gilmore case, to give us the blood and spirit as well as the facts of the time.Fields argues his case with the skill of a top litigator.[Fields] kind of detective work serves his subject well -- and serves history itself."Paul Evans, "Book Magazine"Fields is an accomplished writer who lays down fact after fact with fairness that is consistent and never oversteps into broad speculation. He is a master of organization."Donna Schechter, "Ricardian Register"a work of depth, scope, and substance, a book every Ricardian should have as a reference."Sandra Worth, "Ricardian Register"A thorough investigation of an age-old question...Fields's persuasive interpretations and arguments may change some opinions about Richard and his nephew's fate."" Kirkus Reviews "The most credible job yet of concisely and convincingly casint doubt on traditional theories.""British Heritage

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