I, RICHARD PLANTAGENET,
PART ONE : TANT LE DESIREE (I have desired it so much.)
1471 : THE BATTLE OF BARNET.He is eighteen.It is his first battle. He is wounded…he is Richard of Gloucester, the King’s youngest brother. With the Kingmaker slain, Richard and his brother Edward IV go on to ultimate victory at Tewkesbury.
The Old King Henry dies in ‘mysterious circumstances’ in the Tower and York’s claim is secure…Richard wants to marry Anne Neville, the Kingmaker’s daughter, but his brother George stands in his way and hides her in a London tavern… Not all the feuds are on the battlefield for the House of York!
Finally finding his bride, Richard gets both the girl…and her lands! As Lord of the North, with Middleham castle as his main seat, he sets out to be York’s ‘especial good lord’
He is Chief Mourner at the reburial of his father, Richard Duke or York, and fares with the King to France for what he hopes will be another Agincourt, a glorious victory for England. Instead, he finds a changed Edward…and the dishonour of French bribes.
The next few years bring grief when the perennially troubled George of Clarence goes mad and is executed by King Edward for treason. The Three Sons of York are no longer three, and Edward’s glorious Sun in Splendour seems to be setting.
With Edward’s health on the wane, it is Richard’s duty to take on the invading Scots alone and put the fickle Duke of Albany on the Scottish throne.
A new Wars of the Roses epic, both bloody and bawdy; the story of Richard III is retold for the first time in first person, from Richard’s point of view. Tragedy and comedy collide. A different Richard than any you have read before— King’s brother, warrior, scoliosis sufferer, teenage father, loyal husband, and great magnate—with a sense of humour!
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J.P. Reedman was born in Canada but has lived in England half her life. She has a life long interest in the past and is usually out on a road trip to some old ruin, somewhere. She wores in heritage and her REAL specialty is burial and ritual in the Neolithic and Bronze Age–her first novels were about Stonehenge. She has also written about Richard III, the 2nd Duke of Buckingham, Eleanor of Provence, Fair Rosamund, and Robin Hood. Later this month, she is releasing a novella about Edward IV and the Battle of Towton.