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THE KING'S GREY MARE by ROSEMARY HAWLEY JARMAN 448 pages. Little, Brown. $8.95.

The lot of historical novelists is a hard one. The livelier their imagination, the more polished their prose, the more they risk the displeasure of scholars —whose imagination and prose tend to be quite the reverse. But Rosemary Hawley Jarman's first novel, We Speak No Treason, managed to command the respect of critics, the enthusiasm of readers, and respectful cheers from members of the Richard III Society as a long overdue recasting of Shakespeare's "pois'nous bunch-back'd toad." Jarman portrayed...

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