This question is slightly out of the preferred date range but . . .
I am giving a lecture on Richard III in a couple months and am having a dickens of a time finding a biography that I like.
If anyone has suggestions, I would be most grateful. So far I have:
Desmond Seward's "Richard III: England's Black Legend" (Richard is evil)
Annette Carson's "Richard III: The Maligned King" (Richard is misunderstood)
Mike Pitts' "Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King" (great read about the dig)
John Ashdown-Hill's "The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of his DNA" (haven't started this one yet but he's in the Richard is misunderstood camp)
Paul Murray Kendall's "Richard the Third" (Richard is truly misunderstood and a lovely man - really - I promise)
In some ways this is a balanced list but all the books have blatant agendas with quite as much fiction interjected as any Shakespearean play. At the moment, Josephine Tey's "Daughter of Time" seems the most dispassionate despite the fact that it is pure fiction.
I know this is all secondary mass market work but I am without the time or resources for primary research so I'm skating a bit. This weekend, I will hunt for Thomas More's account and perhaps start skimming the Paston Letters if I find a digital version.
All suggestions welcome.