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By Paul Murray Kendall

"The top biography of Richard III that has been written."―A. L. Rowse, Chicago Tribune

Paul Murray Kendall's masterful account of the lifetime of England's King Richard III has remained the traditional biography of this debatable determine. four b/w illustrations.

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Creating a pretense of getting ready to offer conflict on Sodbury Hill, they marched as speedy as they can up the Severn valley. to flee into Wales, they'd to arrive the bridge at Gloucester ahead of the King overtook them. Edward arrived on Sodbury Hill that very same afternoon. discovering no enemy, he encamped his military and anxiously despatched out scouts. At 3 o’clock on Friday morning they galloped into the slumbering camp to record that Margaret’s military was once racing in the course of the evening towards Gloucester. Edward dispatched notice to the governor of town that he needs to carry out in any respect charges opposed to the rebels. Richard and Hastings and the opposite commanders roused their males. throughout the darkness the military all started in pursuit of the fleeing enemy. while the Queen reached Gloucester at ten o’clock on Friday morning, she came across the gates of the town barred and infantrymen manning the partitions. now not bold to pause for an assault—for she now knew that Edward was once on her trail—Margaret frantically drove her weary host northward towards Tewkesbury, the following attainable crossing of the Severn. A grim race now ensued. The day was once sizzling. The Queen’s footsore and dusty squaddies struggled via “a foul kingdom, all in lanes and stony methods, betwixt woods, with none solid clean. ” no longer some distance at the back of and a bit to the east of them within the rocky upland, Edward, Richard, and Hastings suggested their military ahead, on roads no easier. the boys might “not locate, in the entire means, horse-meat, ne man’s-meat, ne loads as drink for his or her horses, keep in a single little brook, the place was once complete little aid, it was once so quickly with the carriages [carts] that had handed it. And all that day was once evermore the King’s host inside 5 - 6 miles of his enemies; he in simple nation they usually among woods; having constantly solid espials upon them. ”1* whilst the Lancastrians reached the outskirts of Tewkesbury approximately 4 o’clock within the afternoon, the foot infantrymen threw themselves upon the floor in utter exhaustion. The Queen’s commanders trained her that neither males nor horses may well move one other step. In an soreness of worry for her son, Margaret was once compelled to show at bay. because the sleek highway from Gloucester to Tewkesbury passes Gupshill resort, lower than a mile south of the city, it cuts during the center of the Lancastrian place. The Queen’s forces dragged themselves into conflict array on an abnormal line of excessive floor, bounded at the left by means of a move known as Swillbrook and at the correct through a wooded knoll. the placement ran approximately east and west “in an in depth even on the town’s finish; town, and the abbey, at their backs; afore them, and upon each hand of them, foul lanes, and deep dykes, and plenty of hedges, hills, and valleys, a correct evil position to technique, as may well good were devised. ” although this place as bold in its approach because the mammoth Norman tower of Tewkesbury Abbey emerging on to the rear, it used to be uncovered to at least one ominous danger: no longer a long way at the back of the suitable wing, northwestward down a slope of meadow, the river Avon flowed to its confluence with the Severn.

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