Item description for Treason by Meredith Whitford...
Treachery in Love and War in the Struggle for the English Crown.
From the time he sees his parents brutally slain and his home destroyed in a bloody Lancastrian power struggle for the crown, young Martin Robsart's life becomes entwined with that of England's royal Plantagenet family.
Through the turbulence of civil war, Martin serves his cousins -- Yorkist kings Edward IV and Richard III -- and learns the cost of loyalty and love in battlefields and bedchambers in a time when life is cheap and treachery hides behind a smile.
Through Martin's eyes, Meredith Whitford's superbly researched and richly woven novel shows Shakespeare's conniving and perverse Richard III in a realistic new light -- as a patriot and a lover.
Never before has perceived history taken such a surprising turn as Whitford corrects the Shakespearean myth and crowns a new hero, bringing back to life the passion and heat of a breathless historical moment that shaped the world -- a moment we know as the War of the Roses ...a time of thorns and treason.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 4.88" Height: 1.26" Weight: 1.06 lbs.
Release Date Dec 31, 2004
Publisher Bewrite Books
ISBN 190449272X ISBN13 9781904492726
Witty & literate. If you are curious about Richard 111, War of the Roses/Tudors, this is an easy fictional approach -which may indeed reflect the truth..
A fascinating look at the life of Richard III and The War of The Roses Dec 8, 2007
The book details the life of Edward IV and Richard III as told from the point of view of their fictional cousin, Martin Robsart, who joins Richard's family after his family is killed during conflicts between the Lancasters and The Yorks. While I don't normally care for stories told in the first person, it worked in this book as it placed the reader intimately in Richard's life, starting at age eight until the final decisive battle at Bosworth Field. I thoroughly enjoyed Martin's dry wit and his take on some of the people in Richard's life were quite funny at times -- especially those Woodvilles!
This was a very entertaining and fast paced read and contains a lot of rich period details, and the battle scenes were kept to a minimum, which was a refreshing change for this reader. My only quibbles are that the dialogue seems a bit too modern at times (the use of the "f" word really jarred me -- was it really used and in such plentiful quantities back then?), and the author's theory on the disappearance of the princes in the tower seemed quite plausible until I recalled that their remains were found buried in the Tower some years ago, so that pretty much blew her theory out the window.
All in all a very good read, and although it's not quite up to the perfection of Sharon Kay Penman's Sunne in Splendour, it's still a pretty darn good book and a must for anyone interested in knowing more about this much maligned monarch, or for those Ricardians already out there. I'm going to knock off half a star due to the minor discrepancies noted above and give this one a solid 4.5 stars.
As a side note, for those Ricardians out there check out Brian Wainwright's hysterical send up of this period, The Adventures Of Alianore Audley. Mel Brooks couldn't have done better!
Fresh & touching non-stop read for Richard III sympathizers & lovers of great historical fiction Nov 13, 2006
I am among those who believe the Tudors framed Richard III and created a monster where in life there was none. So is Meredith Whitford, and she has written a marvelous, beautiful historical novel about his life told through the voice of his (fictional) best friend Martin. Whitford follows Martin and Richard from their 8th year through their exciting and tumultuous lives, and offers fresh and plausible possibilities about what may have happened to "the Princes in the Tower." Whitford has an uncanny ability to write multi-dimensional, extremely human characters complete with flaws, internal strife and heart breaking honesty and love. Her writing will draw you in. "Treason" is full of well researched detail about the reigns of Edward IV and Richard III, and has charming fictional characters with their own rich stories to round out the novel. Sharon Kay Penman (The Sunne in Splendour) has finally met her match! This is one I will re-read time and again, just as I do The Sunne in Splendour.
Treason - Interesting take on the mysteries of Richard III Sep 2, 2006
I find the War of the Roses period very interesting, and have been reading every novel I can find lately on this period, I am so happy I finally read this one! This novel was narrated by the fictional cousin of Richard, Martin, whom is recollecting his memories of the period, he was the same age as Richard, so the novel begins with Edward IV's ascention thru the end of Richard's reign. This was a very enjoyable read, author really did an excellant job portraying the complex family relationships, especially between the three brothers (George, Richard, and Edward), and the conflicts that arose from Edward's marriage to Elizabeth Woodeville. She also did an excellant job portraying Richard's character and motivations thru the eyes of his fictional best friend. As other reviewers have stated, this novel was humorous, and emotional at times. One of the things I love about reading these historical novels, is to see how different authors fill in the 'gaps' of history that is unknown, what their opinion was on what really happened, or what the motivations were. It may be a personal preference, but I enjoy the novels that stay true to known fact, and fill in the gaps with events/reasonings that are plausible. I feel the author did an excellant job here, mostly in portraying the emotions of the brothers and how that effected their actions. Only a few things I did not enjoy, (I suppose since I want my fiction to be realistic) Why must every author portray Richard under a halo? The story of Edward's pre-marriage contract dis-qualifying his sons from reigning..little hard to believe this just 'happened' to come out as Richard was planning to accept his role as Lord Protector, and he 'reluctantly' decided to announce this and accept the crown himself. Obviously, this is the 'loophole' for Richard to take over instead of allowing the Woodvilles to take power and no doubt assasinate him and plunge England back into civil war. Seems most all novelists portray this event in this fashion, why not portray it as it probably happened? It doesn't make Richard a monster, obviously he did this to save his own neck and perhaps he felt he could rule better, which it appears he did. I feel it is a bit of an insult to the reader, that this event has to be portrayed in such a manner that Richard appears totally innocent, as that is the only way to keep the reader 'rooting' for the main character.
I would also love to think her take on the princes could be possible, except for the fact that the remains of two boys were found buried in the tower during the reign of Charles II..from the time she takes the princes out of the tower, she has lost me cause I feel pretty certain they never did leave that tower. however this novel (and Daughter of Time) does make you scratch your head and wonder what role Henry Tudor had in their fate. Could they have still been there alive, for the two years of Richard's reign?? Henry definately had more cause to need them dead since he reversed the taint of bastardy in order to marry their sister...
Two small complaints aside, this novel was an excellant story of both Richard and Edward IV and still definately worth 5 stars (wouldve rated higher if I could)..funny how Edward IV left quite the mess for his little brother to clean up, Richard does his best, and look at the reputation he has been left with! Henry Tudor may have been the monster and history doesn't hardly remember him either!
Historical fiction at its best! Jul 14, 2006
Meredith Whitford has taken the familiar story of King Richard III of England and given us a fantastic take on his life. Seen through the eyes of his closest childhood friend, Martin, Richard comes to life as a flesh and blood young man whose main aim in life is to be a good person who follows his moral standards. We see Richard from about the time of the loss of his father, through the rise of his elder brother Edward IV, and finally as a reluctant king who must make the decision to replace his bastard nephew as King of England. Whitford's research gives us the rich details that pull you into the lives of all the characters and makes you see beyond the myths and legends that have arisen over this oft-misunderstood monarch. Always sympathetic to Richard, this telling of his life and times will stay with you long after you close the cover. Highly, highly recommended for readers of quality historical fiction. This one's a keeper.