We Speak No Treason - Rosemary Hawley JarmanLondon: Collins, 1971, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Text complete, clean and tight.
Contains: Genealogical tables;
From the cover: “In 1485, at Market Bosworth near Leicester, the last truly English king died bravely in battle defending his realm and crown. The death of Richard III brought to an end not only the Plantagenet dynasty but the life of a man dogged from the cradle by sorrow and misfortune, beset by warring politics, subject to calumny and treason, yet always deeply and loyally loved.
In this long novel, bright with the colours of heraldry, as spell-binding as any tale of high adventure, but firmly based upon contemporary records and a psychological study of the man himself, Richard lives again through the eyes of his intimates: the woman whose ill-starred love brought him brief joy and her a bitter consummation; the cynical jester who diverted his hours of weariness; and the man-at-arms who betrayed him and then suffered — vainly — for his cause and his good name.
Against the background of lusty, tumultuous, fifteenth-century England, with its superstition and witchcraft, its courtly manners and cruel punishments, its sumptuous dresses and pitiless warfare, Jarman presents a fascinating and faithful portrait of one of the most enigmatic figures in our history as he appeared to his contemporaries.
This is not so much Richard the king as Richard the lover, husband, father, Richard the tool of circumstance, whose epitaph might be what the men of his own York courageously inscribed in their city rolls during the first perilous days of the new Tudor dynasty: ‘This day was our good King Richard, late mercifully reigning over us, pitifully slain and murdered to the great heaviness of this City’.”