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King Edward IV
Reigned 1461-1470 and 1471-1483
Deposed 1470; restored 1471.

King Edward V
Became king in 1483
Disappeared, presumably murdered.

King Richard III
Reigned 1483-1485
Killed in battle



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The House of York

The Yorkists: The History of a Dynasty by Anne Crawford. Examines the truth about the controversial Yorkist kings, including the celebrated murders of young King Edward V and his brother.

Cecily Neville

Cecily Neville: Mother of Kings by Amy License. Biography of the mother of English kings Edward IV and Richard III.

Queen By Right by Anne Easter Smith. Novel about Cecily Neville, mother of kings Edward IV and Richard III. History remembers Cecily facing an attacking army while holding the hands of her two young sons. This book reveals how she stepped into her destiny, beginning with her marriage to Richard, Duke of York. Together they faced personal tragedies and deadly political intrigue. Click here for other novels by Anne Easter Smith.

King Edward IV

Edward IV by Charles Ross and Ralph A. Griffiths. Biography from the Yale English Monarchs series.

Edward IV by Michael Hicks. Biography of the first Yorkist king. Assessment of Edward IV is inextricably bound up not only in the record of his reign, but also his baleful legacy. This book explores how his reputation has changed.

Edward IV by Hannes Kleineke. Biography. Was Edward a vain and self-indulgent playboy, or was his life cut tragically short, preventing him from establishing the 'new monarchy' associated with Henry VII?

Edward IV and the Wars of the Roses by David Santiuste. The most effective general of the Wars of the Roses, Edward IV died in his bed, undefeated in battle. This book examines his military role and the war in which he played a vital part.

Eleanor: The Secret Queen by John Ashdown-Hill. Argues that 15th century king Edward IV secretly married Eleanor Talbot and therefore his marriage to his official wife, Elizabeth Woodville, was bigamous.

Elizabeth Woodville & Her Family

Elizabeth: England's Slandered Queen by Arlene Okerlund. Biography of King Edward IV's wife, Elizabeth Woodville. She has traditionally been portrayed as a scheming opportunist, but this book depicts her as an adored wife, distraught mother of the two lost Princes in the Tower, and innocent queen slandered by politicians.

Elizabeth Woodville by David Baldwin. The wife of Edward IV has been championed and vilified by five centuries of historians, dramatists, and novelists. This biography examines what she was really like.

Elizabeth Woodville: The Real Story of the 'White Queen' by David MacGibbon. Biography of the exceptionally beautiful, influential wife of King Edward IV. First published in 1938.

The Last Knight Errant: Sir Edward Woodville and the Age of Chivalry by Christopher Wilkins. The first full biography of a pivotal figure in English history. Sir Edward (brother of Elizabeth Woodville), carved out an important role for himself in the 15th century, but his reputation suffered at the hands of King Richard III.

The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother by Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, and Michael Jones. An illustrated look at the lives of three women during the Wars of the Roses: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

The Woodvilles: The Wars of the Roses and England's Most Infamous Family by Susan Higginbotham. In 1464, King Edward IV revealed his secret marriage to Elizabeth Woodville, a beautiful widow. The controversial match brought Elizabeth's large family into the thick of the Wars of the Roses.

Fiction

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory. A novel about Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV. First book in the Cousins War series. Followed by The Lady of the Rivers, about Jacquetta of Luxembourg; and The Kingmaker's Daughter, about Anne Neville; and The White Princess, about Elizabeth of York, wife of Henry VII.

The King's Grey Mare by Rosemary Hawley Jarman. Novel about Elizabeth Woodville, queen of King Edward IV. Beautiful beyond belief, she becomes the tool of her evil mother, who is determined that her daughter should sit on the throne of England. Fiction.

The Stolen Crown: The Secret Marriage That Forever Changed the Fate of England by Susan Higginbotham. Trapped in the Wars of the Roses, Kate Woodville loses control of her life when her sister secretly marries the king. Fiction.

Jane Shore

The Mysterious Mistress: The Life and Legend of Jane Shore by Margaret Crosland. Biography of Edward IV's mistress, who ended her years in prison and poverty.

The Goldsmith's Wife by Jean Plaidy. Entertaining and sympathetic novel about kind-hearted Jane Shore, mistress of Edward IV.

Royal Mistress by Anne Easter Smith. Novel about Jane Shore, the quick-witted wife of a silk merchant who became the mistress of England's charismatic King Edward IV.

Figures in Silk by Vanora Bennett. Jane Shore starts a notorious liaison with English king Edward IV, while her sister Isabel, a silkweaver, becomes privy to the court's most intimate secrets.

Other Books About Edward IV

The Princes in the Tower

The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir. The author argues convincingly that Richard III did indeed arrange the murder of his young nephews, King Edward V and Prince Richard, so he could seize the throne.

The Princes in the Tower by Elizabeth Jenkins. Did Richard III have his nephews killed? The author of this book says yes.

The Mystery of the Princes by Audrey Williamson. The author believes the princes were not murdered. This book won the 1978 Crime Writers' Association Gold Dagger Award for Nonfiction.

Edward V: The Prince in the Tower by Michael Hicks. Presents the backdrop to the young king's tragically short life -- his parents, the political scenery, his own remarkable achievements -- and reveals how he was an integral cause of his dynasty's collapse.

The Princes in the Tower: Did Richard III Murder His Nephews, Edward V & Richard of York? by Josephine Wilkinson. This study returns to the original sources, presenting a new theory about what really happened and why.

The Lost Prince: The Survival of Richard of York by David Baldwin. Did Richard, Duke of York, the younger of the Princes in the Tower, survive his imprisonment? This book suggests that Richard Plantagenet, an unusually well-educated bricklayer who died in 1550, might have been the lost prince.

Fictional Accounts

A Secret Alchemy: A Novel by Emma Darwin. Tells the story of the Princes in the Tower through the eyes of their mother, Elizabeth Woodville; her brother Anthony; and a modern historian.

To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes by Robin Maxwell. This fictional account tells the story of the lost princes through the eyes of a printer's daughter and her friend Elizabeth of York, sister of the little princes.

The Lost King: Richard III and the Princes in the Tower by Alison Prince. Children's book. A fictional look at the brief reign of Richard III, told through the eyes of his nephews' nursemaid. What really happened to the Princes in the Tower? Was Richard responsible?

Books About Perkin Warbeck

Life of Richard III

Richard the Third by Paul Murray Kendall. This respected biography ignores Tudor accounts depicting King Richard III as an archvillain and instead portrays him as the man he was, leaving moral judgements to the reader.

Richard III by Michael Hicks. This study strips away propaganda to rescue Richard from his critics and supporters alike, examining Richard's life in its 15th century context.

Richard III by David Baldwin. This in-depth study of the controversial king's dealings with his contemporaries promises to reveal what Richard III was really like.

Richard III: The Road to Leicester by Amy License. Why did England's Richard III seize the throne? Did he murder the Princes in the Tower? This book provides an introduction to the controversial king.

Richard III by David Hipshon. Explores Richard III's reign and the controversies surrounding it in the context of the period.

Richard III by Charles Ross. Assesses the king within the context of his violent age and explores why he usurped the throne, the belief that he ordered the murder of the Princes in the Tower, and the death of the Yorkist dynasty with Richard himself.

Richard III: England's Black Legend by Desmond Seward. Biography. The author argues that Shakespeare's Richard is closer to reality than the image of a betrayed hero favoured by his modern defenders.

Richard III, The Young King to Be by Josephine Wilkinson. The first of a two-volume biography. It concentrates on Richard's early life, from his birth in 1452 to his marriage to Anne Neville.

The History of King Richard III by Sir Thomas More. Much of what is known about Richard III stems from this biography by Thomas More (who was executed during the reign of Henry VIII). Focusing on the final years of Richard's life, More describes a man corrupted by the thrill of power.

Richard III: From Contemporary Chronicles, Letters and Records by Keith Dockray and Peter Hammond. First published in 1988 as Richard III: A Reader in History and republished in 1997 as Richard III: A Source Book, this book has been rewritten to incorporate recent scholarship.

Richard III's Death, Grave, and Remains

Richard III and the Death of Chivalry by David Hipshon. Bosworth was the last English battle in which the monarch relied on feudal retainers. Power politics led to the king's death on the battlefield, the death of chivalry, and the end of the Middle Ages.

The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of His DNA by John Ashdown-Hill. A detailed exploration of Richard's last 150 days, his burial, and the construction of his tomb. This fully revised and expanded edition includes the discoveries of the Leicester dig where the king's skeleton was found.

The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III's Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds by Philippa Langley and Michael Jones. Written in alternating chapters, with Richard's 15th century life contrasting with a 21st century eyewitness account of the search and discovery of his body.

Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King by Mike Pitts. The story of the archaeology behind the dig that found the remains of Richard III, told through photographs, diagrams, and firsthand accounts.

Other Richard III Topics

Richard III: A Royal Enigma by Sean Cunningham. Reproduces key surviving documents from the king's short reign, including letters in Richard's own hand and extracts from official papers. The original sources are woven together by a brief narrative history of the reign. Fully illustrated in color.

Richard III and the Murder in the Tower by Peter A. Hancock. In 1483, William, Lord Hastings was hustled from a meeting of the Royal Council and executed on Tower Green. This book sheds light on that mystery, reveals the key role of William Catesby in Richard III's ascent to the throne, and provides an explanation for the fate of the Princes in the Tower.

Joan of Arc and Richard III by Charles T. Murray. Sex, saints, and government in the Middle Ages.

Richard III: A Study of Service by Rosemary Horrox. About the king's servants.

Fiction About Richard III

The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. Novel about the life of Richard III. Even if you don't share Penman's view of Richard as a saintly innocent, this is an entertaining book and an excellent introduction to the historical figures of the era.

This Time by Joan Szechtman. Time-travel story in which England's King Richard III attempts to unravel the mysteries of the modern world and undo the damage done to his reputation through 500 years of history.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Novel in which a 20th century detective investigates Richard III's alleged murder of the Princes in the Tower. Read my review of the book here.

A Rose for the Crown: A Novel by Anne Easter Smith. Novel about a fictional mistress of England's King Richard III.

Love & War by Sandra Worth. First book in the "Rose of York" trilogy about Richard of Gloucester and Lady Anne Neville. The sequels are Crown of Destiny and Fall From Grace.

Richard III by William Shakespeare. Play which famously depicts the king as an evil hunchback.

Books About Anne Neville

Anne Neville: Queen to Richard III by Michael Hicks. Richard III killed Anne Neville's first husband and helped kill her father, father-in-law, and brother-in-law. He imprisoned Anne's mother, and was suspected of poisoning Anne herself. This biography seeks to uncover the real Anne Neville and the twists of her tragic life.

Anne Neville: Richard III's Tragic Queen by Amy License. Reassesses the long-standing myths about Anne's role, her health, and her marriages.

The Reluctant Queen: The Story of Anne of York by Jean Plaidy. Novel about the wife of England's King Richard III.

The Virgin Widow by Anne O'Brien. This historical novel, set during England's War of the Roses, tells the story of Anne Neville, future wife of Richard III, who comes of age in a time of chaos.

George, Duke of Clarence

The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother by John Ashdown-Hill. George played a central role in the Wars of the Roses, but was he for York or Lancaster? Is the story of his drowning in a barrel of wine true? This is the first full biography of the unpredictable duke.

Margaret of York

Margaret of York: The Diabolical Duchess by Christine Weightman. An illustrated biography of the woman who tried to overthrow the Tudors.

Daughter of York by Anne Easter Smith. Fictional account of the life of Margaret of York, sister of English kings Edward IV and Richard III, who married Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy.

Books About Burgundy

The Battle of Bosworth

Bosworth 1485: Last Charge of the Plantagenets by Christopher Gravett. Cuts through the myth and propaganda to detail the course of this pivotal campaign.

Richard III and the Bosworth Campaign by Peter Hammond. In 1485, the forces King Richard III and Henry Tudor clashed at Bosworth Field. Richard was killed and Henry took the crown, establishing the Tudor dynasty. This book tells the story of the rivalries that provoked the conflict, the personalities of Richard III and Henry VII, the preparations of the armies, and the battle itself.

Battle Story: Bosworth 1485 by Mike Ingram. About the battle that marked the end of the reign of Richard III and the rise of the Tudor dynasty.



Documentaries & Movies

These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.

Richard III. 1955 movie version of Shakespeare's play, directed by and starring Lawrence Olivier.

Richard III. A restored 1912 movie version of the play starring Frederick Warde as the king.

Richard III. Ian McKellen stars in this 1995 version of Shakespeare's play, set in a comic-book vision of 1930s London. (Review © Amazon.com)

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