Bosworth 1485: The Battle That Transformed England (Paperback)

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In Bosworth 1485, Michael Jones carefully unfolds an image of Richard III as a human being, a person living up to the expectations of his own world 530 years ago. The questions he asks are: who was Richard III? Shakespeare’s stock character of pure evil? A political construction of the Tudor dynasty? Or was he a “competent commander,” as Jones argues, who could have healed wounds of the “cousin’s war”? And how does the character of Richard III affect the battle in which he died? If you are curious about viewing historical artifacts in different ways, if you are open to a more complex picture of who Richard III was and how the Battle of Bosworth Field (much like the Battle of Hastings in 1066) transformed England, you will enjoy this book.

— From Bosworth 1485, by Michael Jones


Michael Jones uses archival discoveries to show that Richard III's defeat was by no means inevitable and was achieved only through extraordinary chance. He relocates the battle away from the site recognized for more than 500 years. With startling detail of Henry Tudor's reliance on French mercenaries, plus a new account of the battle itself, the author turns Shakespeare on its head, painting an entirely fresh picture of the dramatic life and death of Richard III, England's most infamous monarch.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781681772264
ISBN-10: 1681772264
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication Date: October 25th, 2016
Pages: 288
Language: English