Just another GR refugee. Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.
This historical novel by Nigel Green is narrated from the perspective of one of Richard III's chief counselors, Francis Lovell. We see Lovell, portrayed as militarily gifted, rise first under Warwick, and then after Warwick's failed rebellion against Edward IV, under Richard, Duke of Gloucester. He raids the Scots. He supports Richard politically (his wife is the first cousin of Richard's wife, Anne Neville - Warwick's daughter). He makes a foreign tour to the low countries, to support the Duke of Burgundy, Richard's brother-in-law.
Then Edward IV dies, and things get complicated.
Anne Neville is revealed as Richard's eminence grise, the great Machiavelli of his court. Making Richard king is all her idea. Richard is but an impetuous fool. Killing the princes in the tower is the boneheaded scheme of one of his other counselors, Catesby. Catesby is a traitor, as well, and betrays Richard at Bosworth. Tune in for part two, where Lovell continues to rebel against the Tudor, because he's loyal to the point of insanity.
Well, that was certainly an interesting way of making Richard like, totally not guilty of murdering his nephews, while not making him a Richard Sue.
Green is better at writing battle scenes, which make up most of the first half of the book, than political intrigue, which dominates the second. Lovell comes off as being most incredibly naive, politically speaking (which I doubt the real Lovell was). Someone who likes "military" historical fiction might enjoy this.
My ARC courtesy of NetGalley - many thanks.