Royal Blood: Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes

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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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Bertram Fields, the author of two novels published under a pseudonym, is widely regarded as the most prominent entertainment lawyer in the US. He has successfully tried many of the landmark cases in the entertainment and communications industries over the past twenty years. He lives near Los Angeles.

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Book Description Harper Perennial, 2000. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Notoriously immortalied by Shakespeare and historians, he is historys most infamous royal villian: Richard III, king of England from 1483 to 1485. Crazed with power and paranoia, he is generally supposed to have killed the youthful Prince of Wales and the aged Henry VI, drowned his brother in a vat of wine, poisoned his wife, and, worst of all, murdered his two young nephews, the older of whom was the rightful king--a reign of terror ending only with his own cowardly death on the blood-soaked field of battle.But is all this true? Modern revisionists, citing the unreliability of Shakespeares sources and the political agenda of historians in Richards own day, have offered a far different portrait. A brave and valiant soldier, a loyal brother, and an intelligent, able king popular with his subjects and defeated only through treachery, their Richard is the victim of a deliberate campaign of slander devised by his Tudor successors to the throne.In this comprehensive, meticulously researched book, renowned litigator Bertram Fields outlines and evaluates the arguments of both sides, sifting through five hundred years of legend to apply his highly successful courtroom techniques to the available evidence. Clearing away the dust of time, Fields reconstructs one of the most dramatic and turbulent episodes in history, analyzing the motives and machinations of the many players and emerging with the most definitive account yet of this most fascinating figure--and a powerful argument against acquiescing to common belief. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0060987383

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