"Richard III" by Michael Hicks

Richard III The Self-Made King Michael Hicks

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
22 Oct 2019
ISBN:
9780300214291
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
388 pages: 235 x 156mm
Illustrations:
20 b-w illus.

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As the last Yorkist king and the final monarch of the Plantagenet dynasty, Richard III’s reign marked a turning point in British history. But despite his lasting legacy, Richard only ruled as king for the final two years of his life. While much attention has been given to his short reign, Michael Hicks explores the whole of Richard’s fascinating life and traces the unfolding of his character and career from his early years as the son of a duke to his violent death at the battle of Bosworth.

Hicks explores how Richard—villainized for his imprisonment and probable killing of the princes—applied his experience to overcome numerous setbacks and adversaries. Richard proves a complex, conflicted individual whose Machiavellian tact and strategic foresight won him a kingdom. He was a reformer who planned big changes, but lost the opportunity to fulfill them and to retain his crown.

Michael Hicks is emeritus professor of medieval history at the University of Winchester and has been described as "the greatest living expert on Richard" by BBC History Magazine. His previous publications include The War of the Roses.