Sunday, July 8, 2012

Richard III - Book 18 of 52 in 52

Richard III is the second of Shakespeare's historical series of plays that DD and I read this spring.  Richard III is set in England during the rise and brief reign of King Richard III in the 1480s.  In his villainous rise to power, Richard works to divide the court of his brother King Edward IV of England by blaming the death of his brother Clarence (which he orchestrated) on the queen and her relations.  Along the way he manages to seduce Lady Anne despite the fact that he killed her father and her husband and defame and murder Edward's two rightful sons.  Although he is able to stop an initial rebellion by Buckingham, he is finally defeated by the forces of Henry Tudor in the Battle of Bosworth Field, which ended the War of the Roses.

I would recommend this book for ages 13 and up.

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