The Death of Kings

Written by Michael Evans
Review by Elisabeth Lenckos

In this fascinating study, Evans traces the dramatic stories of the royal deaths of kings from Harold at Hastings to Richard III at Bosworth. Not satisfied in merely classifying the death of each king (accident, natural, violent) and narrating history, Evans tries to give meaning to the social and political implications of each passing. Full of personal information about the royals and the people they governed, we also get a glimpse of how writers and contemporaries viewed their kings. An important resource read.