“RICHARD REVISITED is a fictional recreation of the rise of the Tudor dynasty, focusing on the life and conflicting histories of Richard III. The author, Els Launspach, displays admirable familiarity with the times and personalities, making the book an informative as well as diverting reflection upon History as the prized victory trophy of the winners.
In it, the author seems to have intuited that Richard III would come back to haunt his enemies, because the novel was almost done when construction crews happened on the grave of the warring king. In particular Launspach introduces the intriguing thought that Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, who is spoken of in some quarters as the writer behind the pseudonym “Shakespeare”, was performing loyal vassal duty to Queen Elizabeth I by penning a foundation narrative extolling the heroic deeds of her ancestors.
The play ‘The Tragedy of Richard III’ is the main popular basis for the English understanding of their national past. Since de Vere was gifted with a life-long stipend from her government, he may in future be seen as the Virgil-like court historian of the early English Nation-State.” – William Ray (Willits, California, USA)
“The totally unexpected becomes the hook in this brilliant character-driven novel. But don’t think for a minute that no action occurs. We all know that they have found Richard III’s remains, in the most unlikely venue. Here we see the now, the then, and history blends itself accurately with the present. If you like quality action, historical and character-driven novels based on new findings. This is the book to read. Els Launspach has done an excellent job. The pace is fast. A novel written in the present tense, to the point that the past, Thomas Moores’ past, comes alive. It’s a definite must-read for those who like this fascinating genre.” – Vor Thora (review on Amazon.com)
“An intriguing book that takes a look at an aspect of history involving Richard III, Shakespeare, Thomas More, lest to mention Jennifer Simpson from a totally new and fresh perspective, disguised as fiction. An engaging and entertaining read that delivers on giving the reader an excellent “who-done-it” tale with a backdrop of some of England’s most colorful characters. However, I suspect that Els Launspach has injected into this sorted plot of intrigue some of her own thoughts and theories, making for a more full-bodied in-depth book. Well done indeed.” – Dennis Waller (review on Amazon.com)
“You will find this to be a creative and enchanting book to read. It mixes the complex history of Shakespeare, Thomas More and Richard III and puts a new angle to their life. You will find how the political thoughts of the Tudors impacted history. Readers will enjoy the characters in this story line, and how they interact with each other. Good descriptions of the environment, and the plot will keep you guessing what comes next. I like how the book gives you intricate details of history, which weaves nicely into the story line. What really did happen long ago? Find out what happens in the controversial novel!” – Book worm (review on Amazon.com)
“For me, this book kept getting better as I read it. What can be more compelling than modern DNA evidence that threatens to completely rewrite one of the most famous chapters in English history? Ms. Launspach reexamines not just the historical facts of King Richard III’s reign, but the way the history itself was (mis)reported. My favorite section of the book was the retelling of Richard’s televised mock trial in 1984, with all the behind-the-scenes intrigues of a courtroom drama – including a surprise twist at the end. In reminding us that Richard III’s reign was a documented example of reform and moderation, Ms. Launspach not only offers an alternate version of history, but questions the entire study of history as we know it.” - Greg Shapiro (Glenview, Illinois, USA)
“Did Richard III kill the princes in the town? Maybe. This book does not answer the question, but certainly raises enough questions for any novel. Those who know quite a bit about the era will still find new ideas to consider.
The narrative voice is quite engaging. I expected a piece of fluff and found several new threads of theory. But if we leave aside the questions of whether or not Richard was guilty, there’s still an interesting story for those who try to find the clear line between fact and fiction.
Each voice in the narrative faces the same quandary – accepted interpretations of the facts may not be the accurate representation of what really happened. Is it the responsibility of the historian/author/researcher to correct the public record? Is there any reason to love a fact for itself alone – or should it always be open to the interpretation of the ‘winners’?
And of course, the issue of silence and acquiescence. When tempted to speak truth to power, is there any reason to believe power wants to hear? Or that power wants to reconsider?
I clearly enjoyed this book. Read it, if you like Tudor history, English history, or conspiracies of any sort.” – Sabra Briere (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)