The Daughter Of Time: A gripping historical mystery
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The "Daughter of Time" title is a quotation from the work of Sir Francis Bacon: "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority. Tey’s dissection of received history prompted readers to question, as Grant does, everything they had been taught. As an attempt to sway the public, though, the play was a failure: it was neither performed nor published during Tey’s lifetime. With the help of other friends and acquaintances, Grant investigates Richard's life and the case of the Princes in the Tower, testing out his theories on the doctors and nurses who attend to him.
They conclude that such a crime was wholly out of character, and that he had no motive for bringing about their deaths. Winston Churchill stated in his History of the English-Speaking Peoples  his belief in Richard's guilt of the murder of the princes, adding, "It will take many ingenious books to raise the issue to the dignity of a historical controversy", probably referring to Tey's novel, published seven years earlier. Grant comes to understand the ways in which myths or legends are constructed, and how in this case, the victorious Tudors saw to it that their version of history prevailed. Okay, now I’m convinced King Richard III didn’t have his two young nephews murdered in the Tower of London in the late 1400s.This was my own experience as a thirteen-year-old—after devouring “The Daughter of Time,” I followed Grant’s route into biographies and chronicles, and then into an ever-broadening swath of history.
What’s most fascinating about Tey’s literate book is the investigation itself and what unfolds, in real time, for the reader to ponder. He prides himself on being able to read a person's character from his appearance, and King Richard seems to him a gentle, kind and wise man. He then advances to denser secondary sources about Richard, his family, and the Princes in the Tower, learning about the secret marriage agreement the princes’ father had made, which, when discovered after the father’s death, rendered the sons illegitimate. citation needed] Grant's case for the innocence of Richard III [ edit ] Late 16C portrait of Richard III (National Portrait Gallery, London), copied from an early 16C one in the Royal Collections. The reader is left with the interesting conundrum of whether we can believe anything we read about the past unless it is written by a real live witness and backed by evidence.Langley, by her own account, was walking through an empty parking lot, when she felt a chill and decided that she was standing on Richard’s grave. While I gave up on understanding each and every royal relationship—you may have to be English to do that—Grant’s process is fascinating. For in reality, Tey has her bed-ridden hero discover, Richard III had no motive to have half of his family (including his two under-age nephews) murdered, as sixteenth-century historians alleged.
A very old mystery, one with its roots in history which means it is written by historians, which means a combination of invention, speculation, and based only on whatever facts might have been expedient to use at the time. In this novel, as in her other works such as The Franchise Affair and Miss Pym Disposes, Josephine Tey relies partially on physiognomy as a means of determining an initial assessment of a person's character. He's bored and so his friend the actress Marta Hallard suggests he uses his detection skills to solve an historical mystery and brings him a number of pictures of famous people's portraits like Lucrezia Borgia and Louis XVII. The detective and the actress know that understanding the human element is essential to understanding any story about people. He is an inspector for Scotland Yard – an active man, relying on his brains and his brawn to help him solve cases.Josephine Tey's classic novel about Richard III, the hunchback king whose skeleton was famously discovered in a council car park, investigates his role in the death of his nephews, the princes in the Tower, and his own death at the Battle of Bosworth. Mary Shelley's darkly disturbing tale is illustrated by Angela Barrett and newly introduced by Richard Holmes. In support of these efforts, we ask that participants make every effort to refer to characters by their proper names within our discussion.