The Daughter of Time

The Daughter of Time

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Baker & Taylor
A hospitalized English policeman reconstructs historical evidence concerning Richard III's role in the murder of Edward IV's two sons.

Simon and Schuster
"One of the best mysteries of all time" (The New York Times)—Josephine Tey recreates one of history’s most famous—and vicious—crimes in her classic bestselling novel, a must read for connoisseurs of fiction, now with a new introduction by Robert Barnard.

Inspector Alan Grant of Scotland Yard, recuperating from a broken leg, becomes fascinated with a contemporary portrait of Richard III that bears no resemblance to the Wicked Uncle of history. Could such a sensitive, noble face actually belong to one of the world’s most heinous villains—a venomous hunchback who may have killed his brother’s children to make his crown secure? Or could Richard have been the victim, turned into a monster by the usurpers of England’s throne? Grant determines to find out once and for all, with the help of the British Museum and an American scholar, what kind of man Richard Plantagenet really was and who killed the Little Princes in the Tower.

The Daughter of Time is an ingeniously plotted, beautifully written, and suspenseful tale, a supreme achievement from one of mystery writing’s most gifted masters.

Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 1995
Edition: 1st Touchstone trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780684803869
Branch Call Number: M TEY
Characteristics: 206 p. : geneal. table ; 21 cm


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Apr 25, 2019

Interesting, but you had better know your kings of England, and their supporters. In 2014 bones that were supposed to belong to Richard 111 were dug up. DNA showed his Royal lines to be somewhat different than history reported.

Apr 11, 2019

Great fun! A fascinating whodunnit set entirely in the mind, and a very interesting look at history as written by the victors.

Nov 29, 2018

Jane & Liz both recommend this.

Jul 06, 2018

In an entertaining way Tey tells us how to do research.
Use first-hand or original documents; ask who is the writer, affiliations and biography.
History is written by the victors but as time passes the truth may prevail.

Aug 10, 2017

This is a wonderful introduction to the intricacies of English royalty of the period, and prompted me to search out Thomas B. Costain's wonderful series that begins with "The Conquering Family."

Not the typical Tey mystery, it's fun to read and re-read, and I look forward to the passing of a few more years when I can pick it up again.

Jul 26, 2016

One of my favourite authors!
As always an interesting look at society & history complete with plot twists.
But it's not just about the story line. It's the amazing writing, the character development, the use of language.
Unfortunately Josephine Tey (Elizabeth MacKintosh) left us with just 5 mystery novels. They are all wonderful literary works to savour repeatedly.

EuSei Jun 18, 2015

“Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority” (Francis Bacon). If you don’t enjoy History and research, stay clear, for the book is all about both. Despite the main character is stuck in a hospital bed, Miss Tey made the most of one of the biggest mysteries of our time: the “princes in the Tower.” She did an incredible amount of research and if she didn’t set out to debunk myths, at least she put lots of doubts in her readers’ minds. (Among the myths she mentions is that of the 1910 Tonypandy Riot, when troops fired on the public at the 1910, which was not true.) The Daughter of Time is actually truth and it is said she based her fiction upon Clements Markham's “Richard III”—a book I can’t wait to get my little fingers on! I am not an expert on English history, far from it, but I always thought, from the little I knew of Richard III, that the murder didn’t fit his profile. Tey’s points are very well made and the thing that struck me the most was the fact that what is considered “historical account” was actually based upon Thomas More’s account. More was 7 years old when Richard died in 1485. His book The History of King Richard the Third was posthumously published in 1557 (More died in 1535), based upon the manuscripts her worked between 1512/1519. He lived under Henry VII (Tudor). It is interesting to notice that Tudor was a bastard branch, therefore, not in direct line to the throne. With the death of Richard, a line of heirs had the precedence over Henry Tudor, including his (illegitimate son, John of Gloucester. From Edward IV (his brother): Edward and Richard (the “princes in the Tower”), Richard of York, Elizabeth, Cicely, Annie, Katherine and Bridget. From Elizabeth, Duchess of York (sister): John. From George, Duque of Clarence (brother): Edward, and Margaret. Quite conveniently, almost all of them disappeared after Henry Tudor became king. If the princes had been murdered when Henry landed in England why didn’t he use it as a banner to bring the British to his cause? Much more is in this book I couldn’t put down. A really fascinating read. (Incidentally, Tey is the nom de plume of Elizabeth Mackintosh, who also wrote as Gordon Daviot. So if you enjoyed this as much as I did, look for her other books. Everything I read by her so far was excellent.

Oct 20, 2014

This is one of my all-time favourites, highly recommended to anyone interested in history.

Dec 04, 2012

It took me about 100 pages to get into this book. As a history lover, I wasn't too fond of the constant "historians are so misguided; you can't trust history books." But the piecing together of the evidence and the discussion of the ramifications of each piece was pretty interesting.

May 10, 2012

For any Richard III fan - very measured fictinoal account of his innocence

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