The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

John Ashdown-Hill


The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

  • Title: The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother
  • Author: John Ashdown-Hill
  • ISBN: 9780752499499
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Hardcover



From the author of The Last Days of Richard III comes the first full biography of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Richard III and Edward IVLess well known than his brothers Edward IV and Richard III, George, Duke of Clarence has so had little written about him, that historians are faced with a series of questions Where was he born What was he really like WasFrom the author of The Last Days of Richard III comes the first full biography of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Richard III and Edward IVLess well known than his brothers Edward IV and Richard III, George, Duke of Clarence has so had little written about him, that historians are faced with a series of questions Where was he born What was he really like Was it his unpredictable behavior that set him against his brother Edward IV George played a central role in the Wars of the Roses played out by his brothers but was he for York or Lancaster Who was really responsible for his execution Is the story of his drowning in a barrel of wine as he did in Richard III true And was false, fleeting, perjur d Clarence in some ways the role model behind the 16th century defamation of Richard III Finally, where was he buried and what became of his body Can the DNA used recently to test the remains of his younger brother, Richard III, also reveal the truth about the supposed Clarence bones in Tewkesbury John Ashdown Hill exposes the myths surrounding this pivotal and central Plantagenet, with remarkable results.


Recent Comments "The Third Plantagenet: George, Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother"

This was a disappointing read. 'False, fleeting, perjur'd Clarence' is a truly intriguing figure, living in a turbulent, tumultuous era, involved in great events, brother to two kings - and yet this book bored me. I've not read any of John Ashdown-Hill's books on Richard III, and based on this I don't think I will.Between the pop psychological analysis of George, absurd speculative conclusions on his personality based on his height(!), assumptions and guesswork about what he 'might' have thought [...]

Extremely biased book. Enjoyed the writing style (particularly the short chapters) but the author was trying to push through his own conclusions. Essentially, he was wanted to make everyone illegitimate except the descendants of George of Clarence who he has some connection to. I did think that he has decent points on the alleged marriage of Edward IV and Eleanor Talbot but that is all. He even has a chapter where he seems to suggest that Jacquetta of Luxembourg was practicing witchcraft. (Who c [...]

I've been a diehard Ricardian for many years now. I made a special trip to England two years ago to visit Richard's grave. I want to believe all the theories that support him. And yet, I found myself arguing against all those theories through every page of this book, simply because Ashdown-Hill does such a poor job of defending them. He obviously started writing with his mind made up about what happened and then twisted the story to fit his notions, even when there was no hard evidence to back t [...]

John Ashdown-Hill really has the ability to write clearly and compellingly. This latest offering takes a look at the middle of the brothers of York, George, Duke of Clarence.Much less well known than his more famous brothers, Edward IV and Richard III, nonetheless, Clarence and his life and death were am important part of the story of this period. His supposed death by drowning in a butt of Malmsey wine is one of those well known 'facts' that might be a mythology all of its own, but Ashdown-Hill [...]

This is one of the few books I've read that hasn't got 5 stars. The first reason is because of the obvious mistakes in the first few chapters e.g on the family tree on pg 12 it should be Richard II not III. Secondly i found his writing style confusing at times where he jumps around a bit. However, the last few chapters where he had clearly done a lot of research on the Clarence vault was coherent and I enjoyed reading about it. It would have been 3.5 stars if it wasn't for the last chapters and [...]

Really interesting read. I enjoyed learning more about George and do feel bad for his rather tragic (though self inflicted) life. If only he had learned his lesson after the death of Warwick. My only real gripe is Ashdown-Hill using quotation marks every time he mentions the Tudors. He says 'Tudor' because he doesn't believe that they really are descended from a man called called Tudor.

There's not a whole lot of information out there about George, it would seem. The information about his burial vault wasn't especially interesting but the rest of this short book is worth reading and the family trees were most helpful.

A book that features the third of the royal York brothers, usually overshadowed by Edward and Richard. Very interesting, written in the style of an enthusiast rather than academic though the author has a history PhD. I actually got this book out at my local public library!

this is definitely a bias take on the history of George Duke of Clarence but I liked it because its a version of history I like to think is true. John Ashdown-Hill is without a doubt passionate about the Plantagenet's and that what made it an enjoyable read. Its not too heavy or long so if your interested in the forgotten brother of two of England's somewhat controversial kings I'd recommend it.

Having stated that he believes Edmund and Jasper Tudor were actually fathered by Edmund Beaufort, every time the name Tudor is mentioned it is in single quotes, i.e. the 'Tudor' era. This is really rather annoying. I think he did the same in The Last Days of Richard III.Otherwise, not a bad book, but not very evocative or purposeful.

Un auteur toujours très intéressant à lire. Très clair et précis dans ses explications.Un petit bémol pour ce livre car les derniers chapitres concernant sa tombe ainsi que les avis de ses descendants sont assez ennuyeux

I finished the book with plenty of information about George but no real insight into his character.


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