Richard III: Fact or Fiction by Matthew Lewis

 

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First of all I would like to thank Rosie at Pen and Sword for being so kind and sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Richard III Fact or Fiction was first published in 2019 and the book centres on (official blurb): “King Richard III remains one of the most infamous and recognisable monarchs in English or British history, despite only sitting on the throne for two years and fifty-eight days. His hold on the popular imagination is largely due to the fictional portrayal of him by William Shakespeare which, combined with the workings of five centuries of rumour and gossip, has created two opposing versions of Richard. In fiction he is the evil, scheming murderer who revels in his plots, but many of the facts point towards a very different man. Dissecting a real Richard III from the fictional versions that have taken hold is made difficult by the inability to discern motives in many instances, leaving a wide gap for interpretation that can be favourable or damning in varying degrees. It is the facts that will act as the scalpel to begin the operation of finding a truth obscured by fiction. Richard III may have been a monster, a saint, or just a man trying to survive, but any view of him should be based in the realities of his life, not the myths built on rumour and theatre. How much of what we think we know about England’s most controversial monarch will remain when the facts are sifted from the fictions?”

Richard III Fact or Fiction was well-written, well-researched, informative, enjoyable read. This book looks at some of the questions over Richard III, including whether he killed the Princes in the Tower, or whether he was betrayed at Bosworth, or whether he and the Woodvilles really did have an ongoing feud. This book is set out in chronological order. Once again Matthew Lewis did not disappoint this is the fifth book that I have read by Lewis and I have loved every single one of them.

I love that Matthew tries to keep his views and opinions unbiased and he also doesn’t force any of his own conclusions on his readers either. Matthew Lewis leaves the reader to make up their own mind on what they believe is fact or fiction when it comes to Richard III. Richard III: Fact or Fiction is such a manageable and easy to read for anyone who is new to this subject and want to dip in and out of this book without feeling lost.
Once again Matthew Lewis has written another utterly fascinating and all-around brilliant history book. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in this period of British history or an interest Richard III.

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