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Desmond Seward

Biography

Desmond Seward

Desmond Seward was born in Paris and educated at Cambridge. He is the author of many books, including THE HUNDRED YEARS WAR, THE WAR OF THE ROSES, ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE, CARAVAGIO and THE PLANTAGENETS. He lives in England.

Desmond Seward

Books by Desmond Seward

by Desmond Seward - History, Nonfiction

The Plantagenets reigned over England longer than any other family --- from Henry II to Richard III. Four kings were murdered, two came close to deposition, and another was killed in a battle by rebels. Shakespeare wrote plays about six of them, further entrenching them in the national myth. Based on major contemporary sources and recent research, acclaimed historian Desmond Seward provides the first readable overview of the whole extraordinary dynasty, in one volume.

by Desmond Seward - Biography, History, Nonfiction

Some historians claim that Richard III's "black legend" is nothing more than political propaganda. Yet such an interpretation, according to Desmond Sewart, suggests a refusal to face the facts of history. Even in the king's lifetime, there were rumors about his involvement in the murders of Henry VI and of his nephews, while his reign was considered by many to be a nightmare, not least for the king himself. The real Richard III was both a chilling and compelling monarch, a peculiarly grim young English precursor of Machiavelli's Prince.

by Desmond Seward - History, Nonfiction

One of the most dramatic periods of British history, the Wars of the Roses didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII's victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors' seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure.