Richard III Bibliography

by Teresa Eckford

Clive, Mary, This Sun of York: A Biography of Edward IV (London: Sphere Books, 1975)
Solid biography of Edward IV.

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Dockray, Keith, Richard III: A Sourcebook (Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire, Alan Sutton Publishers, 1997)
Documentary evidence relating to life, reign and death of Richard III. Valuable asset for the researcher.

Edwards, Rhoda, The Itinerary of King Richard III 1483-1485 (London: Alan Sutton Publishers, 1983)
Extremely useful source for knowing where Richard travelled throughout his reign.

Fields, Bertram. 1998. Royal Blood (New York, NY: Regan Books, 1998)
A sound and interesting assessment of the mystery of the Princes written by an entertainment lawyer. A good counterpoint to Alison Weir's The Princes in the Tower.

Hallam, Elizabeth, Chronicles of the Wars of the Roses (Markham: Penguin Books Canada, 1988)
For those who can't read Latin, this collection of primary documents in translation is quite useful. Also includes mini-essays on a variety of topics to do with the period.

Kendall, Paul Murray, Richard III (New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Company, 1956)
Kendall is one of Richard III's biggest supporters. His work is well referenced, with a complete bibliography and detailed index.

Kendall, Paul Murray, Richard III: The Great Debate, More's History of Richard III & Walpole's Historic Doubts (New York, NY, 1965)
Brings together one of RIII's greatest detractors and one of his biggest supporters. Important reading.

Pollard, A.J., Richard III and the Princes in the Tower (New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1995)
Though not entirely sympathetic to Richard, Pollard's scholarship is sound and well-referenced. A key work for understanding the debate surrounding the disappearance of the Princes and Richard III's role therein.

Ross, Charles, Richard III (Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 1983)
A solid biography of Richard.

Weir, Alison, The Princes in the Tower (London: Pimlico, 1993)
Weir's scholarship is flawed. She takes great leaps of logic and seems determined to use only sources that will support her thesis. Worst of all, her book is not well referenced at all. There are no footnotes which makes it difficult to know from where she is drawing her support for certain statements.

Williamson, A., The Mystery of the Princes (Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucester: Alan Sutton Publishers, 1981)
An older, but still valuable discussion about the deaths of the Princes in the Tower.

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