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Richard III, last of the Plantagenet Kings, could condemn the author of that crude doggerel to a traitors death but he could not stem the inevitable tide of history. Richards emblem, the white boar, commanded the loyalty of able men like LordsMoreRichard III, last of the Plantagenet Kings, could condemn the author of that crude doggerel to a traitors death but he could not stem the inevitable tide of history. Richards emblem, the white boar, commanded the loyalty of able men like Lords Catesby (the Cat) and Ratliff (the Rat), and Francis Lovell (our Dog). It could not withstand the onslaught of the Tudor rose.The White Boar is a dramatic historical novel that vividly recreates the life and times of Englands controversial King Richard III. Shakespeare portrayed him as evil incarnate, a hunchback who gained the throne by murdering his two nephews. Conversely, many historians argue that he was an innocent scapegoat and might have been one of historys great monarchs had his reign not been so tragically short.In this novel one issue concerning Richards life is never in doubt - that he held the unfaltering devotion of two extraordinary men, Phillip and Francis Lovell. And it is through their eyes that the reader of this remarkable book sees the last Plantagenet - the man and the King.Marian Palmer presents a striking chronicle of England in the last half of the fifteenth century: the pomp and pageantry of the royal court- the treason and the intrigue which were the death of the Plantagenet dynasty- and the bitter struggle between the Yorkists and the Lancastrians that was the War of the Roses.The author does not offer a solution to the riddle of Richard III- rather she presents him as he might have appeared in his own lifetime to the two men who were, above all else, his friends. The character which emerges is as unforgettable as Shakespeares misshapen monster.