Michael Hicks is Emeritus Professor of Medieval History at the University of Winchester and has been described as the greatest living expert on Richard by BBC History Magazine. His previous publications include The War of the Roses.
The product of almost 50 years of research into Richard and those surrounding him, this is an impressive feat of scholarship from an authority on the tumultuous Fifteenth Century. An important addition to the bookshelves of any student of the Wars of the Roses and of this enduringly compelling monarch. -Lauren Johnson, author of Shadow King: The Life and Death -- Lauren Johnson Hicks has written a tour de force, based upon a deep understanding of the vast and divergent secondary literature and a career spent among the archives of fifteenth-century England. The book is at once scholarly and accessible and the definitive biography of this most controversial of kings. -David Grummitt, author of A Short History of the Wars of the Roses -- David Grummitt The best researched, most comprehensive study of Richard III, especially strong on Richard's formative experiences. Hicks presents the findings of a lifetime's archival research with impressive clarity. A must-have for scholars and interested general readers. -John Guy, author of Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years -- John Guy Hicks has thrown down the gauntlet. Never has Richard the man been more convincingly portrayed. Who is ready to challenge the ruthless and driven Plantagenet drawn from the shadows? This Richard is not the creation of what followed his death, but the thirty two years of life that preceded it. A meticulous and thrilling biography, in which character is destiny. -Leanda de Lisle, author of Tudor: The Family Story -- Leanda de Lisle