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The Daughter of Time is a 1951 novel by Josephine Tey concerning King Richard III of England, finding him to be innocent of causing the death of the Princes in the Tower, and that Henry VII was responsible. It was the last book Tey published, shortly before her death.

The title comes from a quote by Sir Francis Bacon: "Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."

Works with similar themesEdit

  • Valerie Anand, another popular writer, wrote a novel, Crown of Roses (1989), in which Richard III is presented as innocent of the murder of the Princes.
  • Mystery author Elizabeth George revisits this theme in I, Richard.
  • Mystery author Elizabeth Peters's novel The Murders of Richard III references Tey's book repeatedly.
  • Colin Dexter uses the same plot device of the incapacitated detective solving an old mystery in The Wench is Dead.
  • Margaret Haddix develops an alternate plot regarding Richard and the young princes in her Missing Series book, Sent.
  • Sharon Kay Penman, her award winning novel The Sunne in Splendour, in which one of Richard's stooges, the Duke of Buckingham, is presented as the murderer of the princes rather than Richard.