Richard, Duke of York is here!

Really looking forward to reading this new assessment. It’s a great time to be interested in history as so many of the leading figures are being looked at again with fresh eyes and the old stereotypes demolished. Richard of York has always felt like rather a shadowy figure to me, eclipsed by his sons and his wife yet he remains a divisive figure, largely due to the York v Lancaster split which still exists among historians and social media bloggers. Before reading this book I have imagined him to be a complex but cool character who found himself in a difficult position and decided to gamble on an ‘all or nothing’ result and lost out to treachery from within his own camp. Whilst I do feel genuine sympathy for both Henry VI and Marguerite of Anjou due to his mental instability and incapacity to rule and her constricted ability to control events due to her sex and nationality, I have also always felt sympathy for the Yorks as well. It was no easy position to find yourself in and I felt that he was perhaps cornered into acting as he did. I will be fascinated to read this account and learn more about about the man.

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It’s here! Richard, Duke of York: King By Right is released in the UK today, 15th April,  and available to buy now.

I’ve been overwhelmed by the interest in this new examination of a man who has long fascinated me. The book will delve into the myths and reveal a complex man with wide ranging power and responsibilities to match.

Was he really a wildly ambitious man who sought to exploit a king’s weakness, or has he been painted in two dimensions, his true actions and motivations buried under myth?

If you read the book, and I hope some will find it on their doorstep today, I would love to hear what you think of it.

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One Response to “Richard, Duke of York is here!”

  1. Lady of Winchester Says:

    I am interested in this book, although I cannot agree with the author’s assertion that Sir John Tiptoft’s epithet ‘The Butcher of England’ was ‘unfair’. I think it was totally deserved and one recent estmation I heard sums it up well- an educated Reniassance man, but also a sadistic pyschopath. A pyschopath whose execution of the Earl of Desmond and siezure of his lands nearly caused an uprising in Ireland.

    I honestly think if any other King had allowed a man like ‘butcher Tiptoft’ to have such a free reign as Edward IV ded, he would be judged as a tyrant.


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