The Third Plantagenet: Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

The Third Plantagenet: Duke of Clarence, Richard III's Brother

by John Ashdown-Hill


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From the author of The Last Days of Richard III comes the first full biography of George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Kings Richard III and Edward IV

Less well-known than his brothers Edward IV and Richard III, George, Duke of Clarence has so had little written about him, that historians are faced with a series of questions: Where was he born? What was he really like? Was it his unpredictable behavior that set him against his brother Edward IV? George played a central role in the Wars of the Roses played out by his brothers—but was he for York or Lancaster? Who was really responsible for his execution? Is the story of his drowning in a barrel of wine—as he did in Richard III—true? And was "false, fleeting, perjur'd Clarence" in some ways the role model behind the 16th-century defamation of Richard III? Finally, where was he buried and what became of his body? Can the DNA used recently to test the remains of his younger brother, Richard III, also reveal the truth about the supposed "Clarence bones" in Tewkesbury? John Ashdown-Hill exposes the myths surrounding this pivotal and central Plantagenet, with remarkable results.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780752499499
Publisher: The History Press
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

John Ashdown-Hill is a historian and a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Society of Genealogists, the Richard III Society, and the Centre Européen d’Etudes Bourguignonnes. The author of The Last Days of Richard III, he has been heavily involved in the DNA testing of Richard III's remains. He is also the author of Eleanor, the Secret Queen. He has appeared on NPR and the Smithsonian Channel as an expert on Richard III.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgemetns 8

Introduction 9

1 Family Background 11

2 Irish Beginnings 22

3 English Childhood 32

4 The Loss of a Father 42

5 Life in the Low Countries 55

6 Heir to the Throne 66

7 Matrimonial Problems, Part 1 76

8 Matrimonial Problems, Part 2 89

9 High Rivers 99

10 Yorkist or Lancastrian? 115

11 Matrimonial Problems, Part 3 126

12 Thomas Burdet's Secrets 138

13 The Act of Attainder 149

14 An Unusual Execution 160

15 Burial at Tewkesbury 167

16 The Clarence Vault 175

17 The Surviving Bones 185

18 The Clarence Posterity 193

Appendix 1 Children of the Duke and Duchess of York 204

Appendix 2 Mottos of the Family of George, Duke of Clarence 206

Appendix 3 George, Duke of Clarence Family Trees 208

List of Abbreviations 211

Bibliography 213

Index 218

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