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Richard III by Paul Murray Kendall

Not the most modern biography and it lacks the benefit of more recent discoveries, but nevertheless remains the definitive biography of Richard using contemporary documents to bring Richard to life.

Richard III, the Maligned King by Annette Carson

Analysis of the questions arising out of traditional story telling about King Richard, studiously relying on only primary source material.

Good King Richard? by Jeremy Potter

Highly recommended.

Royal Blood: King Richard III and the Mystery of the Princes by Bertram Fields

A careful analysis of surviving evidence of Richard's life & reign. The author reveals himself to be more of a historian than those lazy academics who continue to parrot Tudor propaganda. Instead Fields has taken to heart the words of Horace Walpole, which he quotes before beginning his own work. "So incompetent has the generality of historians been for the province they have undertaken, that it is almost a question, whether, if the dead of past ages could revive, they would be able to reconnoitre the rents of their own times, as transmitted to us by ignorance and misrepresentation." (1768). An excellent book that should be held in high esteem with the likes of those written by Paul Murray Kendall and Annette Carson.

Richard Duke of Gloucester as Lord Protector and High Constable of England by Annette Carson

Clarifies the powers & responsibilities of these two widely-misunderstood offices held by Richard as Duke of Gloucester. Although named as Protector of the Realm in 1483, he had held the office of High Constable since Oct 1469.

The Last Days of Richard III and The Fate of his DNA by John Ashdown-Hill

Detailed analysis of Richard's last 150 days and the build up to the Battle of Bosworth and its aftermath. Also traces the painstaking research involved in tracing Richard's present day relatives which was vital when it came to identifying his remains, discovered in 2012. 

Finding Richard III: The Official Account by A.J. Carson (Ed.), J. Ashdown-Hill, P.J. Langley et al.

Although our society does not agree with many of the decisions and events that occurred surrounding the discovery and treatment of King Richard's remains, it is important to note that the version of events presented by the University of Leicester, Leicester cathedral and Leicester city council misrepresents the involvement of the Looking for Richard team. This book is included here as a concise account of LFR's activities, and includes evidence supporting their version of events.

The Mythology of Richard III by John Ashdown-Hill

A discussion of the old myths, as well as modern ones now in the making, primarily by academics and others in Leicester.

The Deceivers by Geoffrey Richardson

Covers the period from the death of Edward IV to the death of Richard III and through the early years of the reign of Henry Tudor, revealing a stunning conspiracy 

The Tragic King: Richard III by Philip Lindsay

Highly recommended but out of print at this time.

On some bones in Westminster Abbey: A defence of King Richard III by Philip Lindsay

Highly recommended but out of print at this time.

Perkin by Ann Wroe

Highly recommended!

Eleanor the Secret Queen by John Ashdown-Hill

This seems to contain unreliable research and much conjecture, although it gives a good explanation of the legal standing of the pre-contract.

NB: Some of these, from a personal collection, may be made available on loan to members residing in the UK by arrangement. Please contact us at for more information.

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