I’ve just received my latest book in the mail…’The Princes in the Tower,” by Alison Weir.
It’s the story of the death, in sinister circumstances of the boy king; Edward the fourth of England and his younger brother Richard, in the 1480’s. The boys were kept in the Tower of London for so long that eventually they disappeared from view and their uncle, King Richard the third, eventually ruled in their place. [Richard’s bones have recently been uncovered in what was once a field, in England]
The boys were never heard from again till 1674 when the bones of two young boys were found buried beneath a staircase, during renovations on the tower. Forensic testing has since placed the bones to be highly likely those of the two young princes and the remains were moved to Westminster Abbey shortly after.
It’s a fascinating story and a sad one, full of mystery. The author and collator of the information, Alison Weir writes beautifully and fluently so that a historically complex, political recounting of events becomes easy to follow and simple to understand.
I first came upon Alison Weir as a writer quite accidentally while traveling through America about 12 years ago. I found her book; “The Children of Henry V111′ beneath a pile of other books in a great crate. I bought the book as I like the history of Tudor England and wanted to know more. I could not put the book down and have since read it over.
It’s due to Weir’s writing that I remember so much about the four children Henry had and the traumatic, unsteady lives they led, as his offspring.
Weir has a long list of books thoroughly researched historical books that make addictive reading and make you feel like you personally know these larger than life characters that made extraordinary changes to history.
So, once again, I can reiterate that it’s entertaining and educational to read amazing stories and learn from history at the same time.
Have a great day,