This is a pretty straight forward retelling of Richard’s story, starting from around the beginnings of Edward IV’s reign up to his (Richard’s) death. This isn’t Shakespeare’s Richard III. This is much more a Richard III apologist’s few on the monarch (for the record, I have no leanings either way, apologistic or otherwise). That view made for a nice change, as in most stories Richard is a monster, but it almost goes too far in the other direction. Richard seems…dare I say it…weak. Things just seem to happen around him without him taking a very active role (the only active thing I can think of that Richard does it to go and woo Anne).
That said, this isn’t a bad book. Not at all. If GoodReads would let me, I’d give it 3.5 stars. Not really for the story, though. That is kinda meh. But for the writing. I really enjoyed the language in this book. It tried very hard to make the dialogue as authentic as possible, whilst still being readable to modern audiences. Here’s a brief example from the first chapter:
“I question not your right to dispose your army at your good pleasure, nor may I deny I have earned your rebuke. Natheless, I am still Richard’s elder, and so best fitted, methinketh, to lead your van.”
Yeah. That was just a normal section of dialogue. Everyone in the book talks this way. And it’s pretty awesome. So if you like English history and want to read some beautiful dialogue, check this one out.
**I received this copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**