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It is my pleasure to thank the many people who have helped me with this project. I could not have produced this work without the generous assistance from the members of Critique Circle (, the award-winning, online workshop for writers. While far more people supported my efforts than I can list here, I am grateful for the exceptional guidance I have received from Beverly “Ginger” Dick, Kelli Gailfus, Fiona McLaren, and Brad Schoenfeld.

Of the many members of the Richard III Society who have helped me, I wish to thank Rollo Crookshank, David Luitweiler, and Brian Wainwright for vetting my historical facts and ensuring that my speculations on the undocumented historical aspects of Richard III and his era were credible:. Any errors that may have crept through after their review are mine.

Many thanks to my dear friend, Ed, whose unflagging support gave me the courage to press forward.

I wish to thank my editor, Janice Hussein; this book would still be moldering on my computer if not for her support.

I would be remiss if I failed to acknowledge the aid I received from my local library and for the interlibrary loan system that gives me access to public and university libraries throughout the United States.

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"I can only reiterate my sense of this story being true. [Joan Szechtman has] created an intersection not only of past and present, but of fiction and nonfiction. I try not to take fiction, even historical fiction, as fact, but your work helps me to realize the extent to which ‘the willing suspension of disbelief’ contributes to the perpetuation of lies."—Carolivia Herron, author of Nappy Hair

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