Book Review: The Confession of Richard Plantagenet

The Confession of Richard Plantagenet Book Cover The Confession of Richard Plantagenet
Dora Greenwell McChesney
Non-Fiction, History
Endeavour Press, Albion Press
November 2nd 2015

England, 1471.

The War of the Roses is raging and Richard Plantagenet must stand fast to support for the Yorkist throne.

In pursuit of crushing of the Duke of Warwick’s rebellion, Edward IV and Richard stand side by side with their brother George once more, despite his earlier switch in allegiance.

Following Warwick’s defeat, Richard meets his daughter, Anne, but as his standing increases and their relationship blossoms, his own family begins to falter.

George’s dance with treachery resurfaces, and Edward grows frail with illness; Richard ends up in a position he did not expect, nor wish, to be in.

Although made Lord Protector for his nephews, forces outside Richard’s control threaten to throw everything into jeopardy, and battle lines begin to be drawn as intrigues take over.

Will Richard survive this turbulent time?

Will he be able to make his own decisions or will those around him force his hand?

Written in Plantagenet blood and rich with period detail, this is an arresting and complex tale of family and friendship, politics and betrayal, and love and loss.

Traditionally portrayed as one of the great villains of British history, ‘The Confession of Richard Plantagenet’ is a sympathetic novel of the last king of the House of York.

Set against the tumultuous second half of the Wars of the Roses, fact is seamlessly woven with fiction as the heroic Richard III is revealed.

my Review

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** Professional Reader

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