Book Review, History

Book Review: The Order of the White Boar by Alex Marchant

I am firmly of the conviction that you’re never too old to enjoy a well-written children’s book. In fact, sometimes they are welcome break if work has been particularly hectic marking-wise or if I don’t have the energy for more heavy-going literature. The Narnia and Harry Potter books, or even Enid Blyton and Roald Dahl if I’m feeling particularly nostalgic, are like old valued friends.

Being of that viewpoint, I was really keen to get stuck into The Order of the White Boar by Alex Marchant; a children’s book set in 1482 and starring Richard III. After an absolutely rotten week full of car trouble, an ever-expanding to do list and the inability to eat my lunch while it was hot due to people turning up at my office every day, I sat down with the Kindle edition last night looking for some escapism.

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Book Review, History

Review: The Survival of the Princes in the Tower by Matthew Lewis

The fate of Princes in the Tower is one of the most intriguing mysteries in British history, steeped as it is in heavy emotive imagery. It immediately summons the visual of two small, fair haired boys, clinging together for comfort; lambs kept for the slaughter by their dastardly uncle. And of course, thanks to Shakespeare, our image of Richard III for years was similarly melodramatic – the scheming, malevolent hunchback.

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