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In the late 1400s, Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, a deformed and sinister individual, plots to become king of England after the success of his elder brother Edward in the War of the Roses.
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Because his brother George, Duke of Clarence, is ahead of him in the line of succession, Richard frames him for treason and has him imprisoned in the Tower of London. Not satisfied that these measures will prevent George from gaining the throne, Richard sends assassins to drown him in a barrel of wine.

When King Edward IV dies and his son Edward is crowned king, Richard is appointed Royal Protector of the young king and his brother until they come of age.

To prevent the lads from being influenced by their mother's family, Richard orders them beheaded on charges of treason, and then does the same to the Royal Chamberlain when he refuses to crown Richard king.

Ordering his lackey the Duke of Buckingham to spin public opinion in his favor, Richard manages to convince the populace that the king and his brother are illegitimate and "graciously" accepts the crown.

Worried that the two children will one day attempt to unseat him, Richard has them killed in their sleep and then has the Duke of Buckingham beheaded for good measure.

Now that he is the king of England, Richard settles in for some old-fashioned tyranny, but is soon back in action when Henry, the Duke of Richmond, raises an army to oppose him. Heading out to defeat his latest opponent, Richard prepares to meet him in battle at Bosworth Field.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   king/queen/royalty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fort/military installation

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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