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This is no mythical kingdom. This is England.

This is not fiction, but complete fact. Don't they say that the truth is stranger than fiction?

This was the 15th century and in this green and pleasant land, numerous players took their chances in the ultimate game. The prize was the throne of England.

The game was harsh and it was brutal.

Rival families went to war, leaving cousins dead on the battlefield. Brother fought brother as power corrupted and twisted men's souls. Families were imprisoned and executed. Men were dragged from holy places and murdered where they stood. Advisers schemed and swapped sides. King murdered king in the Tower of London.

And it finally ended with a glorious battle charge to either absolute victory or certain death.

This was the Wars of the Roses.

For 30 years a brutal and bloody civil war ravished the country. The two rival royal houses, York and Lancaster, fought for control and for the crown. During this period the throne changed hands seven times. Two kings were murdered in the Tower. Princes of the realm were executed in cold blood. The period includes immortal figures from history, Henry VI, Edward IV, The Princes in the Tower, Margaret Beaufort, Henry Tudor, Elizabeth of York, and the Kingmaker himself: Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick.

But there was one figure that lived through the entire war. One figure that was central to the conflict. One figure that still divides opinion today.

Richard III.

This is his story and the game that he played for the throne of England.

©2014 Carol Derbyshire (P)2015 Burton Crown Limited

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The King in the car park.

This is a very short, concise delivery of basic known facts from the period known as the War of the Roses - the dispute for the crown between two rival factions in the 15th century - coupled with speculation over whether King Richard IIIwas indeed guilty of several crimes for which he has,, for years, been held responsible. The book invites anyone finding the topic of interest to follow up with more in depth reading. Given the controversy which still surrounds attitudes to Richard some 500 years after his death, this little introduction tries to offer a balanced view, the able narrator providing a clear reading with sufficient vocal cadence to retain the reader's interest. A good presentation by Daniel Penz. A simple, basic introduction to a fascinating period of English history and the king who is remembered and still divides opinions despite his very short reign. I requested and received my complimentary copy of the Audiobook from FABC, without obligation, and am voluntarily leaving this review recommending this book to anyone interested in history, or mystery. The reader is left to decide if Richard was guilty of the crimes of which he has long stood accused.

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too short

not enough detail or fact on any aspect, and barely a taster on the highlights. what is presented is interesting ...just frustratingly brief.

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  • Jessica Dennis
  • 27-03-17

Great voice

This was an interesting summary of a life of a king. The reader has a great voice too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-04-15

great for a drive

I loved it i do wish it was longer of a story but was purfect for my drive to work and home! I was given this book for honest review and to be honest the narrator made the book better!

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  • jmuccelli
  • 28-12-20

Awesome Story

This was an awesome and informative book on several of the Kings Of England, There were definitely some exciting moments in the book,and I learned quite a bit about the history of the thrones. I received this audiobook for free and am giving my voluntary unbiased review. Daniel Penz did a really good job of narrating.

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  • resol
  • 20-11-20

superb

an excellent introduction to Richard Gloucester, duke of York. this one begins with the ascension of his brother Edward IV, and continues through the Battle of Bosworth Field.

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  • Jason
  • 20-07-20

It is a okay short story.

I wish this book went into a little more detail. Readers voice was good but the book itself was to short