This Time is a novel about Richard III in the twenty-first century. It rediscovers the fifteenth-century Richard III through the travails he must endure as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of this century. Not only must Richard III acclimate himself to this whole new world, sometimes with comic effect, he must try to undo the damage done to his reputation through five hundred years of history.
Joan Szechtman came to writing and history by a rather circuitous route, after first focusing on her career in engineering and computer science. She then discovered the real Richard III, and researched primary and secondary sources on this fifteenth-century monarch and his era.