This Son of York by Anne Easter Smith
Publication Date: November 10, 2019
eBook & Paperback; 504 Pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
"Now is the winter of our discontent, Made glorious summer by This Son of York..." -- William Shakespeare, Richard III Richard III was Anne's muse for her first five books, but, finally, in This Son of York he becomes her protagonist. The story of this English king is one of history's most compelling, made even more fascinating through the discovery in 2012 of his bones buried under a car park in Leicester. This new portrait of England's most controversial king is meticulously researched and brings to vivid life the troubled, complex Richard of Gloucester, who ruled for two years over an England tired of war and civil strife. The loyal and dutiful youngest son of York, Richard lived most of his short life in the shadow of his brother, Edward IV, loyally supporting his sibling until the mantle of power was thrust unexpectedly on him. Some of his actions and motives were misunderstood by his enemies to have been a deliberate usurpation of the throne, but throughout his life, Richard never demonstrated any loftier ambitions than to honorably discharge his duty to his family and his country. In a gentler vein, despite the cruel onset of severe scoliosis in his teens, Richard did find love, first with a lover and then in his marriage to Anne Neville. Between these two devoted women in his life, he sired three and perhaps four children. Bringing the Plantagenet dynasty to a violent end, Richard was the last king of England to die in battle. This Son of York is a faithful chronicle of this much maligned man.
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This Son Of York offers readers a very human account of the life and times of a very infamous monarch.
King Richard III or Dickon. As he was known to his family.
Though royal, suffered a life plagued by both perceived and implied inferiority,
The tenuous nature of his familial hold on the English throne, and a host of other life altering slights, wrongs, and betrayals.
Each increasing in consequence and magnitude. In step with his most circuitous rise to power.
While it was true that Richard did find love.
Even that was not left unmarred by misfortune.
The shadow of which he could never escape.
Neither as man, nor as king.
A tragedy made even more so by his life ending defeat at the hands of Henry Tudor at The Battle Of Bosworth.
Ann Easter Smith writes historical accuracy into poignant and memorable fiction.
Leaving the reader feeling as though they have finally met the "person" behind the names, dates, and facts that historians favor.
As both a reader and a reviewer. I can say that I will be forever changed after having spent time in her rendition of the last king of
The House Of York.
About the Author
Anne is the award-winning author of The King's Grace and the best-selling A Rose for the Crown, Daughter of York, Queen By Right, and Royal Mistress. She is an expert on Richard III, having studied the king and his times for decades. Her sixth book, This Son of York, will be published soon. She grew up in England, Germany and Egypt, and has been a resident/citizen of the US since 1968. Anne was the Features Editor at a daily newspaper in northern New York State for ten years, and her writing has been published in several national magazines.
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