The Daughter Of Time: A gripping historical mystery

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The Daughter Of Time: A gripping historical mystery

The Daughter Of Time: A gripping historical mystery

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History, lest we forget, is written by the victors, and boy, can they do damage to a guy's reputation if they have a talented playwright on their side. Sigue las convenciones del género, pero para investigar un enigma real: ¿qué sucedió con los "príncipes de la torre"?

The detective and the actress know that understanding the human element is essential to understanding any story about people. This line of thought reflects a dislike and distrust of emotional popular narratives concerning supposed historical injustices which also surfaces in Tey's other works. Her first published work was Britain’s Royal Families (1989), and subsequently she has written a number of biographies including The Six Wives of Henry VIII (1991); The Princes in the Tower (1992; The Folio Society, 1999; republished as Richard III and the Princes in the Tower, 2014); Elizabeth the Queen (1998); Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England (2005); and Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen (2013). Nothing new to us, perhaps, but a particularly fresh approach in 1951, when history was often venerated as fact, rather than the saga of the winners.The case they present, Grant notes, would not be admitted in court, because none of it was first hand, and all of the initial accounts came from unreliable sources who were not only hostile to Richard III, but had a vested interest in maligning him. Alan Grant, in Tey’s novel, similarly wounded in the line of duty, is an actual detective/inspector, from Scotland Yard, who becomes intrigued by a portrait and begins to study—obsessively—the history of Richard the Third. His analysis of character and motive, based solely on evidence, allows him to fill in some holes about who likely did what, and when, and why.

Richard III reigned for only two years, and for centuries he was villified as the hunch-backed wicked uncle, murderer of the princes in the Tower. Although slow in some chapters it tends to read like a history lesson, but very well done - would appeal to history buffs. They conclude that the princes probably remained alive throughout Richard's reign and were later killed by Henry. But the quest to discover Richard’s skeleton, and perhaps redeem his reputation, has earlier and equally unlikely roots. Alan Grant does, however, move amongst the cultured great and good, as a good friend is a celebrity West End actress, much admired, who visits him in hospital.

Josephine Tey and her two main characters, Alan Grant and Brent Carradine, take a forensic, Scotland Yard approach to the crime, and come up with the conclusion that most of the history books are wrong.



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