Richard III and the Princes in the Tower
Richard III has divided opinion for over five hundred years. Traditionally, he has been perceived as a villain, a bloody tyrant and the monstrous murderer of his innocent nephews; to others he was and remains a wronged victim who did his best for kingdom and family, a noble prince and enlightened statesman tragically slain. This book explores the story of Richard III and the tales that have been woven around the historic events; discusses his life and reign and the disappearance of the Princes in the Tower; and assesses the original sources upon which much of the "history" is based. While telling the story as he sees it, Professor Pollard also suggests that the truth may never be known: the controversial nature of the events at the time is partly to blame; but at least as important are the paucity of the surviving evidence and the fact that the received stories are now so deeply ingrained. - Back cover.