The King’s Dogge

Local historian launches his first book

Nigel Green lives in Bowdon. Before his retirement he worked for 30 years in marketing and management, including the role of CEO at PZCussons. He has travelled the world extensively, including Sierra Leone, where he co-founded the charity Make it Happen.

the_kings-doggeA lifelong historian, Nigel has always been interested in all aspects of strategy and warfare. After years of research, Nigel has just announced his first of a two-book series, the King’s Dogge, the story of Francis Lovell. This novel is set in an England beset by power-wrangling and warfare at the end of the 15th century. The book tells of Francis Lovell’s meteoric rise from humble squire to closest ally of King Richard III. Over recent months, this period of history has been in the news, with the excavation of Richard III in Leicester and the recent historical TV drama, The White Queen.
Commenting on the book, Nigel explained: “Richard III is probably the most notorious English  King. This book explains just how far a man will go in the name of loyalty. The King’s Dogge is a fictional account of the rule of Richard III as seen from the perspective of his closest adviser, Francis Lovell. It weaves a story around true events and throws the actions of the king into a new perspective when viewed against the ambition of his wife, Anne Neville. I feel confident that readers will be intrigued with my findings.”
Professor Anthony Pollard, authority and author of the period, commented: “For some reason, historians have always perceived Queen Anne Nevile as the very model of an idealised medieval wife and queen, keeping dutifully to her role as ‘her indoors’, meek subordinate and obedient helper. We know nothing of her character or the private relationship between her and Richard III, either as duke or king. To imagine her as Lady Macbeth is brilliant. It enables Nigel to develop
a completely new take on the actions of her husband, which only a novel could do. Good luck with it. All I ask, is for a copy when the novel is published!

Article courtesy of Hale and Bowden magazine