Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England

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Simon and Schuster, Mar 6, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 480 pages
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It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap—a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s throne. For many he remained a usurper, a false king.

But Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. Queen Elizabeth was a member of the House of York. Henry himself was from the House of Lancaster, so between them they united the warring parties that had fought the bloody century-long Wars of the Roses. Now their older son, Arthur, was about to marry a Spanish princess. On a cold November day sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon arrived in London for a wedding that would mark a triumphal moment in Henry’s reign.

In this remarkable book, Thomas Penn re-creates the story of the tragic, magnetic Henry VII—a controlling, paranoid, avaricious monarch who was entering the most perilous years of his long reign.

Rich with drama and insight, Winter King is an astonishing story of pageantry, treachery, intrigue and incident—and the fraught, dangerous birth of Tudor England.

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A decent enough book but, it seems to me, a bit more of a "prequel to Henry VIII" than a biography of Henry VII. It jumps much too quickly to the betrothal and marriage of Prince Arthur to Catherine ... Read full review

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Excellently written and presented. It illuminates the character and reign of one of history's most enigmatic monarchs.


He Seeks in All Places to Destroy
Now Must You Supply the Mothers Part Also
A State of Avarice
Courage to Be Bold
Savage Harshness Made Complete
The Art of Dying
Rich Ferocious Thirsting for Glory
Epilogue 375
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About the author (2012)

Thomas Penn is editorial director at Penguin Books UK. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from Clare College, Cambridge University, and writes for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.

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