Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle

Bosworth Psychology of a Battle The battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre

  • Title: Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle
  • Author: Michael K. Jones
  • ISBN: 9780752425948
  • Page: 400
  • Format: Paperback
  • Bosworth 1485: Psychology of a Battle

    The battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history with startling evidence to suggest that the site of the battle recognized fThe battle of Bosworth marked an epoch in the lives of two great houses the house of York fell to the ground when Richard III died on the field of battle and the house of Tudor rose from the massacre to reign for the next hundred years Michael Jones rewrites this landmark event in English history with startling evidence to suggest that the site of the battle recognized for over 500 years is wrong He not only shifts the location of the battle, but shifts our perspective of its heroes and villains and its place in history.

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    1. Louise

      In “The King’s Grave”, Michael Jones provided balance to his co-writer’s unbridled enthusiasm over the recent findings in the car park dig and how they would rehabilitate Richard III and his reputation. In this book, Jones gives his full take on Richard providing plenty of food for thought.Jones shows through documentation from the past and the findings from the recent dig, that Richard was not the demonic, cowardly, hunchback character created by Shakespeare. He covers the familiar stor [...]

    2. Jeanette

      This contains an academic level survey of the various updates for reality of facts after Richard III's remains were discovered. Primarily for a study of Richard III himself- but in particular his last campaign and ultimate demise- the ending at Bosworth in 1485. He was slain by two different weapons and the back of his skull was partially detached in a death blow by a halberd. This analyzes Richard III's motives, his actual physical appearance and the record for his surmised purpose of focus in [...]

    3. Dex

      Some nice ideas in this work. There is some reinterpretation of events and existing sources but they remain that, reinterpretations rather than truths. The 'new' account of the battle from French sources left me feeling rather disappointed as the actual source document cannot be found (it's a second hand reference) and the level of extrapolation based on a couple of very thin lines I just had to consider too much. That said, it gives as reasoned an account of the battle as any. And it all felt r [...]

    4. Daniel Kukwa

      It's an incredibly informative work; there is quite a bit of information here that was previously unknown to me, and it puts much of the events surrounding the end of the War of the Roses into perspective. However, there's something about the opening 50 pages I found awkward. I can't quite place my finger on it, but it wasn't until I was passed the opening that the book finally found its rhythm. Perhaps the best way to describe it is that it is fascinating in content, but irritating in execution [...]

    5. Alec Gray

      Updated scholarship continues to redefine the view of Richard III, including the recent discovery of his remains. This account of the final battle where he was killed includes an excellent overview of the end of the wars of the roses. An amazing story-Games of Thrones in real history.

    6. Annika Hipple

      This is an interesting quick read that presents a very different look at Richard III from those I've read before (and I've read many). Michael Jones places Richard in the context of his family and sees his motivations and actions as closely connected to the early loss of his father and the importance of maintaining the family bloodline. Jones firmly believes that Edward IV was illegitimate (the product of an adulterous relationship on the part of his mother, Cecily Neville, Duchess of York). Alt [...]

    7. Stephanie Tracy

      This was less a book about the actual Battle of Bosworth than it was a general (and relatively short) reflection on the figures of Richard III and Henry VII. I enjoyed Michael Jones's comparisons between fact and Shakespeare's fiction. He takes us through both families on either side of the battle - the Yorks and Tudors, which gives some helpful context to the battle for those who aren't already familiar with the period. The short bit about the battle itself focused on Henry's arrival in England [...]

    8. Arynn

      As an expansion of personal study on the life of Richard III, "Bosworth 1485" presents an in-depth study of the battle that truly transformed England, established a new lineage of government, and adjusted the means of medieval warfare. Michael Jones writes in a style that blends historical fact with a chronology that mirrors that of a narrative, moving from each political detail, culminating into the battle itself and Richard's demise. This book pairs well with Paul Murray Kendall's biography of [...]

    9. Elizabeth Crowley

      The only good thing about this book is that is a short read. If you are hoping for a book about Bosworth, you will be sorely disappointed. The author was all over the place. Jones unsuccessfully attempts to portray Richard III as a victim, yet admits that he probably did kill his nephews. If the author had presented solid facts to back up his very passionate views on Richard, I could give it a better rating.

    10. Sarah -

      Eh. Full review to come.++++++++++allthebookblognamesaretaken.blfacebook/AllTheBookBlitter/SarahsBookNookEh.I am always looking to read anything I can about this time period, whether it is from the perspective of the Tudors, or "Ricardians", those kooky Richard III apologists who think that by re-envisioning history, they can rehabilitate the image of this king.I enjoyed Jones' portions of "The King's Grave" - had that awful Philippa Langley written that whole book there is no way I could have f [...]

    11. Nathan Albright

      As someone who has read perhaps more than my fair share of books about the War of The Roses, and the Battle of Bosworth and its leading personages in particular [1], I found this book to offer a particularly worthwhile approach, in that it neither sought to portray Richard III as some sort of sacrificed and saintly victim of the wicked Tudors nor as some sort of monstrously evil ruler himself who alienated any potential support. The book also manages to supply a convincing explanation for why He [...]

    12. Linda

      Richard III has been vilified ever since the Tudor dynasty was establish in England. We know a lot about Henry VII, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth I, but few people know much about Richard and the battle that was his downfall. This book addresses both.Jones attempts to provide a different approach to the traditional accounts of the battle. He provides evidence (which I agree with) that the battle actually occurred about 8 miles from the currently believed battlefield. He uses common place names (Bloo [...]

    13. Billhotto

      Jones explains Richard III's actions after the death of his brother Edward IV (seizing the throne and murdering his nephews) as attemping to restore his family honor. In 1469, their mother, Cicely, revealed that Edward was illegitimate, the result of her affair with an archer while her husband was out of the country. This led to her next oldest son, the Duke of Clarence, to attempt an unsuccessful coup. Richard was more cautious, waiting until Edward died to make his move. Even in a ruthless tim [...]

    14. Mark

      Fascinating, but unfortunately, the subsequent discovery of Richard's bones make mincemeat of some of Jones' arguments. To wit, the idea that Richard's hunchback condition were mere "Tudor propaganda." He very obviously suffered a scoliosis condition which gave him a marked deformity- this could well have been a matter of public discrimination in his day, when perfect bodies denoted "true royal integrity and divinity." The prejudice against a man with such a condition would be considerable, ad t [...]

    15. Jud Barry

      The victors write history. In the case of Richard III--defeated, dead, and defiled on Bosworth field-- the "history" was written by henchmen of his vanquisher Henry Tudor, among whom must be counted a certain playwright named Shakespeare whose portrait of an evil king unable to command the loyalty of his dubious and fearful followers remains to this day the reigning narrative of Richard's life and death.Enter Michael Jones to test the narrative by broadening the scope--taking it away from its fi [...]

    16. jenni1st

      **please note, my reviews are for my purposes only and, as such, will unlikely be of benefit to others.**quick read, although sometimes tedious, especially in the beginning (avoid the prologue and in a re-read maybe even the first chapter). it's very academic (thus the tedium), but still informative. i would like to re-read this, but next time i'll skip the early parts of the book (the prologue & maybe even the first chapter). i believe it was into the 2nd chapter that the author was still t [...]

    17. Anne Mortimer

      I've always been a Ricardian and picked up this book at work wondering if anything new could be brought to what was already known about Richard and the Battle of Bosworth. This book surpassed my expectations. Although Richard's skills as an effective and popular leader - on the battlefield and as day-to-day manager of his estates has long been recognised, Jones draws attention to Richard's focus on restoring the dignity of the Yorkist line, righting previous injustices (his father, the Duke of Y [...]

    18. Alan

      Although "Bosworth 1485" is a 2015 edition of an original 2002 book, its new introduction only very briefly acknowledges the find of Richard III of England's bones underneath a Leicester car park in September 2012 and any new information that resulted from that.For more on that, it looks like The King's Grave: The Discovery of Richard III’s Lost Burial Place and the Clues It Holds also by author Michael K. Jones is the one to investigate.Otherwise, "Bosworth 1485" is a terrific history of the [...]

    19. RJay

      Wow! From a self-proclaimed Yorkist's point of view, this book blows the top off what might have really happened, not just at the battle but during E4's entire reign. Jones brings forth, to my mind, two major issues: was E4 truly illegitimate and what were R3's primary motivations in taking the crown and facing H7 at Bosworth. An answer to the former provides the key to the latter. IF Cecily really did have an extramarital affair and she let this slip within the family and/or without, then this [...]

    20. Meaghan Haxton

      I quite genuinely detested this book. I adore reading histories of England. This book promised to be something different - an analysis of the psychology and causes of a seminal event, rather than another layout of a timeline. Instead, it turned out to be an unabashed hero-worship of Richard III.Instead of analyzing the psychology of events and a time, the author simplifies everything down to excuses and apologies for Richard III, while vilifying any other figure who could mildly contradict these [...]

    21. Aubri De baudricourt

      Very nicely done. This book is a measured attempted to overthrow more than five hundred years of Tudor and Shakespearian propaganda. It places Richard within the historical context of the time and investigates his place within the House of York for his birth until his demise at Bosworth. It takes a refreshing look at the events and motivation of this young man's life and describes how, bit by bit the black legend of the Hunchback Usurper came to be. It is not an attempt to canonize Richard III. [...]

    22. Caroline

      An easy read, an interesting angle to view Richard from. I did not know that it was Cecily herself who first said that Edward was not her husband's son I am not a battle history aficionado so I can't judge the interpretation of the battle location, but local names for places do tell us things about what really happened there. He pretty much thinks it is a foregone conclusion that Richard killed the princes, and one of his reasons is that Richard wanted to go on crusade after seeing Tudor off; I [...]

    23. Daniel

      This accompanies Dan Jones' book The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors extremely well. It takes a more in-depth at the battle that climaxed and ended the feud between the houses of Lancaster and York.I did find Michael Jones' writing a little harder to follow, his presentation is a little dry, and he feels the need to spend a lot of time explaining his speculative interpretations of the historical events. I've have to listen to it again.

    24. Irene

      Received from Give-Away program.I am not familiar with this period of history or this battle. The book is well written enough for a non-academia, but the excitement for continual reading for me is not there.He does a very good job of presenting the background history and people involved in the battle, and is meticulously researched.Would be a good book for individuals who have some knowledge of this period of history. Not for everyone.

    25. Brie

      This was an interesting read. The author is quite sympathetic to Richard, and disputes the standard image our society has of Richard. Jones is constantly comparing his version of Richard to Shakespeare's, and I think he is successful in painting a new portrait of Richard.I was more interested in learning about Richard III himself than the actual battle of Bosworth, and the book did not disappoint in that area.

    26. Eric

      I couldn't finish it. It was too easy to zone out and get distracted from the writing. Though I thoroughly enjoy history and reading it, I couldn't stay focused on this book. It's a pity because it contains a lot of good information. One thing I'd like to say is that it seems to be more of a biography of Richard III than having the focus be the Battle of Bosworth.

    27. Pete daPixie

      Lots of new material covering the events leading up to Bosworth. Once again a modern history paints a revised picture of Richared III, not the Tudor/Shakespeare one. Even the modern day battle site, including the famous Ambion hill, is shown false. Couldn't put this down!

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