Biographies & Memoirs

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

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

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.

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: FAMILY BACKGROUND

Chapter 2: IRISH BEGINNINGS

Chapter 3: ENGLISH CHILDHOOD

Chapter 4: THE LOSS OF A FATHER

Chapter 5: LIFE IN THE LOW COUNTRIES

Chapter 6: HEIR TO THE THRONE

Chapter 7: MATRIMONIAL PROBLEMS, PART 1

Chapter 8: MATRIMONIAL PROBLEMS, PART 2

Chapter 9: HIGH RIVERS

Chapter 10: YORKIST OR LANCASTRIAN?

Chapter 11: MATRIMONIAL PROBLEMS, PART 3

Chapter 12: THOMAS BURDET’S SECRETS

Chapter 13: THE ACT OF ATTAINDER

Chapter 14: AN UNUSUAL EXECUTION

Chapter 15: BURIAL AT TEWKESBURY

Chapter 16: THE CLARENCE VAULT

Chapter 17: THE SURVIVING BONES

Chapter 18: THE CLARENCE POSTERITY

Appendix 1: CHILDREN OF THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF YORK

Appendix 2: MOTTOS OF THE FAMILY OF GEORGE, DUKE OF CLARENCE

Appendix 3: GEORGE, DUKE OF CLARENCE FAMILY TREES

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