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Anne Neville: Richard III's Tragic Queen
Amy Licence

Shakespeare’s enduring image of Anne is one of bitterness and sorrow. She curses the killer of her husband and father, before succumbing to his marriage proposal, bringing to herself a terrible legacy of grief and suffering an untimely death. Was Anne a passive victim? Did she really jump into bed with the enemy?

Through Anne’s short life, she was the pawn of powerful men and their fortunes on the battlefield. As the daughter of the notorious Kingmaker, she was no substitute for the sons he did not have, but her gender made her a valuable commodity on the marriage market of the day. Married as a teenager to the immature and bloodthirsty heir to the English throne, she returned from exile expecting triumph, only to find herself fatherless and widowed. Worse still, their killer was her childhood friend, the future Richard III. And now he wanted to make her his wife. In a series of events that belong more in a fairy tale, she disguised herself as a kitchen maid but Richard still found her and the marriage took place. She was to ride the wheel of fortune with him, becoming the mother of his child and then his Queen.

Always fragile in health, Anne was dead before the age of thirty. Today, this fascinating and elusive woman is shrouded in controversy and unanswered questions about her life, her infamous husband, and her suspicious death.


235 x 156 mm | hardback | 256 pages | 30 illustrations (10 colour)



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 9781445611532

ISBN 9781445611532

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