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Following in the Footsteps of the Princes in the Tower (Paperback)

British History English Civil War London P&S History England 15th Century

By Andrew Beattie
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
Series: Following in the Footsteps
Pages: 179
Illustrations: 20
ISBN: 9781526727855
Published: 25th April 2019

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The story of the Princes in the Tower is well known: the grim but dramatic events of 1483, when the twelve-year-old Edward Plantagenet was taken into custody by his uncle, Richard of Gloucester, and imprisoned in the Tower of London along with his younger brother, have been told and re-told hundreds of times.

The ways in which the events of that year unfolded remain shrouded in mystery, and the fate of the young princes forms an infamous backdrop to Richard III's reign and the end of the Wars of the Roses. Although little about the princes' lives is commonly known, Following in the Footsteps of the Princes in the Tower tells the story in a way that is wholly new: through the places they lived in and visited. From Westminster Abbey to the Tower of London, and from the remote castle of Ludlow in the Welsh borders to the quiet Midlands town of Stony Stratford - via major medieval centres such as Northampton and Shrewsbury - the trail through some of England's most historic places throws a whole new light on this most compelling of historical dramas.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was a refreshing way to learn about the famous Princes in the Tower; to focus on their lives rather than just their death. This is a fabulous resource and one a person could bring along with them when visiting England. If you’re looking for a different look at the Princes in the Tower and their lives then this is most certainly your book!

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Sarah Bryson - Author

This book was written well and provided so much detailed information, not only including facts, but theories and connections to fiction done by various authors. I enjoyed learning about the history of the castles and palaces and other places in which they lived and visited, and it helped me gain an understanding about them and the history surrounding them. I do like reading about eras I have virtually no knowledge in, and it made me wonder what history would have been like if Richard III never became king after the boys went missing (or were murdered?) and this book is great to read to help think about different theories. If you like reading about the Plantagenet family, or history in general, give this book a read. I hope that one day we find out the truth behind what happened to Edward & Richard, but for now, reading these books helps provide info and theories.

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Life and Tea Blog

An enjoyable and interesting read, and I am looking forward to reading another in the series which I have on my shelf.

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Tudor Blogger

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Shropshire Star, 3rd August 2019

A good book, on a subject that I adore and that I would never tire of reading, a mystery that perhaps will remain a mystery and that for this contributes to a charm that has lasted for more than 500 years.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

I was immediately absorbed by the story. Andrew Beattie is a wonderfully eloquent author and historian. His research is very thorough. He explains the wheres and the hows by which Richard III usurped the power of the young prince Edward, who should have been crowned King, but never was. And yet Edward went willingly with him. I am amazed at the writings of whomever kept these stories alive, that researchers, like Mr. Beattie, can find out exactly what happened so many years ago, (providing the stories are accurate - of which we’ll never truly know). It is an engrossing book, and I recommend it. It’s a short book, only 179 pages, yet it is chock full of great stuff.

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GoodReads, Ellie Potts Barrett

Author interview with presenter Jim Hawkins

BBC Radio Shropshire, 11th June 2019

Overall, I thought “Following in the Footsteps of the Princes in the Tower” by Andrew Beattie was a decent read. Beattie does have an easy to understand writing style, but as he stated before, his book does not contain ground-breaking research. If you are interested in exploring the places associated with the Princes in the Tower, this book is a great place to start.

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Heidi Malagisi, Adventures of a Tudor Nerd

Andrew’s book uncovers new and compelling evidence, but still doesn’t come up with an answer that we can all agree on. However, it is a brilliant piece of detective work, and well worth reading.

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Books Monthly

About Andrew Beattie

Andrew Beattie is the author of several cultural-historical titles, including books on Prague and Cairo in Signal Books' Cities of the Imagination series and on the Scottish Highlands, the Alps and the River Danube for their Landscapes of the Imagination series; he has also written for the travel series Rough Guides. He is a graduate of Oxford University and lives in London. More information about his books, including photographs and other material relating to Following in the Footsteps of the Princes in the Tower, can be found on his website, www.andrewbeattie.me.uk.

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