The Last Days of Richard III contains a new and uniquely detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days, and explores these events from the standpoint of Richard himself and his contemporaries. By deliberately avoiding the hindsight knowledge that he will lose the Battle of Bosworth Field, we discover a new Richard: no passive victim, awaiting defeat and death, but a king actively pursuing his own policies and agenda.
It also re-examines the aftermath of Bosworth, the treatment of Richard's body, his burial and the construction of his tomb.
Based on newly discovered evidence and wider insights it explores the motives underlying these events. And there is also the fascinating story of why and how Richard III's DNA was rediscovered, alive and well, and living in Canada. John Ashdown-Hill has produced a stimulating and thought-provoking account of the end of Richard's life.
Even readers very familiar with his short life will discover a new and fascinating picture of him.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 192 pages, Illustrations
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/05/2010
- Category: Biography: historical, political & military
- ISBN: 9780752454047