Despite reigning for only a relatively short period of time, Richard III is one of England's most controversial monarchs. His life and rule has inspired a huge amount of literature, not least Shakespeare's great play, and controversy still surrounds his seizure of the throne in 1485, the mystery of the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower, and his defeat and death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485.
This new biography takes a nuanced view both of Richard III's reign and of the controversies surrounding it, exploring them in the wider context of the period. Defining Richard's character as central to the analysis of his actions, David Hipshon emphasises the need to separate the man himself from the caricature that has so often been painted.
Incorporating new research and previously unpublished material, this book is a must-read for all those interested both in Richard III as king, and in the development of the English monarchy and society at the end of the medieval era and the beginning of the early modern period.
David Hipshon is Assistant Head at St James Independent School in Ashford, Surrey. He has published articles in the Journal of Ecclesiastical History, BBC History and History Review, and gives many public lectures on Medieval themes.
Introduction 1. The Son of York: 1452- 1461 2. Duke of Gloucester: 1461- 1469 3. Duke of Gloucester: 1469- 1471 4. Lord of the North: 1471- 1483 5. The Usurpation: 1483 6. The Reign 1: Buckingham's Rebellion, 1483- 1484 7. The Reign 2: Governing the Realm: 1483- 1485 8. The Reign 3: The Politics of Kingship Conclusion