The Princes in the Tower

The Princes in the Tower

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by Alison Weir
     
 

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"Comprehensive and insightful, THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery." Faye Kellerman

Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III… See more details below

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"Comprehensive and insightful, THE PRINCES IN THE TOWER offers a unique perspective on a profound mystery." Faye Kellerman

Despite five centuries of investigation by historians, the sinister deaths of the boy king Edward V and his younger brother Richard, Duke of York, remain one of the most fascinating murder mysteries in English history. Did Richard III really kill the young princes, as is commonly believed, or was the murderer someone else entirely? Carefully examining every shred of contemporary evidence as well as the dozens of modern accounts, Weir reconstructs the entire chain of events leading to the double murder to arrive at a conclusion Sherlock Holmes himself could not dispute.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Weir examines the 1483 disappearance of Richard III's two young nephews and determines that he was to blame for their murders. (Aug.)
Library Journal
Proponents of Richard III will not be pleased by this book. Weir ( The Six Wives of Henry VIII , LJ 2/15/92) explores documentary evidence and various theories about the fate of the famous princes (Edward V and his brother, ages 12 and 10) in the Tower of London. Relying on contemporary accounts, Weir assesses credibility and compares details. Her sound research and rational arguments make a convincing case for Richard's direct involvement in the murder of his two young nephews. While she admits that there is no convincing evidence that Richard was hunchbacked or more evil than his contemporaries, Weir does show that he was supremely unpopular, largely because of the murder of the children. This is an excellent and persuasive book, one that belongs in all collections covering the history of Great Britain.-- Katharine Galloway Garstka, Intergraph Corp., Huntsville, Ala.
Brad Hooper
Popular British historian Weir, author of the widely received "Six Wives of Henry VIII", seeks to solve one of the most enigmatic events of British history. The facts are these. In 1483, the good king Edward IV died too early, leaving his boy-son on an uneasy throne. King Edward was also survived by a younger brother, Richard, duke of Gloucester, who coveted his little nephew's crown. Richard could not restrain himself and, in short order, usurped the throne from the boy, who, along with "his" younger brother, was incarcerated in the Tower of London, never to be seen again. The eternal question has been: Did Richard III, as he was known after swiping the crown, murder his two nephews while they languished frightened in prison? Weir proceeds through the documentary evidence in the case, indicating where, when necessary, other investigative historians have been misled and what paths they should have taken. With particular elan, Weir reconstructs the tumultuous period, the distinctive personalities of the cast of characters (most effectively the notorious Richard III), and arrays the evidence to point to ole King Dick as indeed the perpetrator of the murders of the princes in the Tower. For all popular history collections.
From the Publisher
 • "The mystery of the Princes in the Tower is a cause of outrage as well as a whodunnit—a deeply researched appraisal." — Daily Telegraph

 • "Alison Weir has examined all the contemporary and near-contemporary chronicles with care. Her book, lucidly written and well-researched, makes absorbing reading." —Sunday Times

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307806840
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/21/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
287
Sales rank:
103,302
File size:
4 MB

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“The mystery of the princes in the Tower is a cause of outrage as well as a whodunit . . . a deeply researched appraisal.”
—Ruth Rendell, Daily Telegraph

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