Good King Richard?: An Account of Richard III and His Reputation (Biography & Memoirs)

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Richard III, the so-called 'last English King of England' and the wicked uncle of popular tradition, is the most controversial and enigmatic of monarchs. Still the Great Debate between traditionalists and revisionists rages on. Was he an enlightened legislator out of his depth in the political intrigues of his time? Or was he simply, brutally, the 'gargoyle on the great cathedral of English history'? Searching for the man behind the portraits, Jeremy Potter adduces a formidable array of colourful and quarrelsome voices from St Thomas More to Laurence Olivier and makes 'an enormous advance on previous attempts to write about Richard' (Times Literary Supplement).

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Jeremy Potter (1922-1997) served the Richard III Society as Chairman from 1971-1989. During his chairmanship, the Society launched several important initiatives, including the commissioning of a heroic statue of Richard III (on display in Castle Gardens, Leicester), the securing of royal patronage from H.R.H. Richard Duke of Gloucester, and the broadcast of a trial of Richard III, with Lord Elwyn-Jones, former Lord Chancellor, presiding. During his tenure, the Society also became active in sponsoring the publication of fifteenth-century source documents and works of current scholarship on the period. It also created the Richard III and Yorkist History Trust, which provides financial support for graduate study and publishing. Potter was elected President of the Society at its Annual General Meeting in London, October 4, 1997.

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