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Richard III

Jacob Abbott

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Jacob Abbott chronicles the unspeakably treacherous rise of Richard III to the throne of England in the midst of the war between the Yorks and the Lancasters and his ultimate fall on the Field of Bosworth.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Battle with the queen.
Warwick defeated.
Margaret regains possession of her husband.

The armies of the queen and of the Earl of Warwick advanced toward each other, until they met at last at a short distance north of London. A desperate battle was fought, and the queen's party were completely victorious. When night came on, the Earl of Warwick found that he was beaten at every point, and that his troops had fled in all directions, leaving thousands of the dead and dying all along the road sides. The camp had been abandoned, and there was no time to save any thing; even the poor king was left behind, and the officers of [Pg 70]the queen's army found him in a tent, with only one attendant. Of course, the queen was overjoyed at recovering possession of her husband, not merely on his own account personally, but also because she could now act again directly in his name. So she prepared a proclamation, by which the king revoked all that he had done while in the han. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Jacob Abbott’s account of Richard III’s life was published in 1858, thus it is to be expected that certain events are not recalled as historian know – or believe – them to be in the 2010s.

The incident regarding Edward V and his brother’s death, for example, is explained here in detail, yet nowada...more

Actually read this with the title of "Richard III: Makers of History" but I believe it's an older edition of this title. Ended up skimming. Seems to be a fine resource for someone who does not know anything about Richard III or his brother, Edward IV, who is covered as much as Richard is, but sim...more

The narrative was tedious at times however it eventually worked into a flow and was very insightful.

How the youngest child of such a brood who seemed unwell, surprises everyone by becoming King. His clear thinking, his thoughts, and his life are portrayed with clarity.

Given the recent discovery of the bones of Richard III in England, it was serendipitous to be able to hear Abbott's account of this Richard's life. Even in the early 20th century, Abbott was doing much to reclaim Richard's character who has been villanized by subsequent generations and this telli...more

to never usurp the throne lest ye be slain.

A dull and annoying 19th-century book on Richard III, which makes bold and frequent claims that he was "ugly," "hateful," and "evil" "according to the chroniclers" of the time, without questioning the bias or partisanship or motivation of the chroniclers themselves, nor the validity of their clai...more

I'm still loving these Abbott histories. This one contains a great summary of the causes and events of the Wars of the Roses leading up to the accession of Henry VII, first monarch in the Tudor line.

I have read other Abbott stuff and found it an interesting quick overview of the subject matter. This book was very uncomfortable to me though. I am not a true "Riccardian" but believe that many areas previously accepted are now, at the very least, being challenged or appear to be the victor re-w...more

#4 of 22 in my personal (and rather random) challenge to read Abbot's Makers of History series. The series is most famously known for influencing Abraham Lincoln.

As the last book I read in the series (Margaret of Anjou) kicked off my interest in the "War of the Roses," it made sense to read this...more

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