The Brothers York: An English Tragedy (Paperback)Thomas Penn (author)
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The gripping new history by the author of the acclaimed bestseller Winter King
It is 1461 and England is crippled by civil war. One freezing morning, a teenage boy wins a battle in the Welsh marches, and claims the crown. He is Edward IV, first king of the usurping house of York...
Thomas Penn's remarkable new telling of the wars of the roses takes us inside a conflict which fractured the nation for more than three decades. During this time, the house of York came to dominate England, wresting power from the house of Lancaster. At its heart were three charismatic brothers - Edward IV; George, Duke of Clarence; and Richard, Duke of Gloucester - who became the figureheads of a spectacular ruling dynasty and promised a renewal of royal authority.
But with Edward IV's ascendancy the wars turned inward, unleashing a catastrophic chain of rebellion, vendetta, fratricide, usurpation and regicide. The brothers who, together, looked invincible, were drawn into conflict with each other. The brutal end came at Bosworth Field in 1485, with the death of the youngest, then Richard III, at the hands of a new usurper, Henry Tudor.
The story of a warring family unable to sustain its influence and power, The Brothers York brings to life a dynasty that could have been as magnificent as the Tudors went on to become. Its tragedy was that, in the space of one generation, it destroyed itself.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 688
Weight: 493 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm
‘Edward IV emerges as a rock-star antihero, the Duke of Clarence as a nonentity, and Richard III as a paranoid hypocrite in this exceptional portrait of the three brothers who fought the Wars of the Roses.’ - The Telegraph
'The tragedy and brutality of the Wars of the Roses jumps out from every page… an impressive and engaging read.' - The Financial Times
'The best history books provide their readers with simultaneous relief and resonance. Penn's Yorkist England, locked in protracted and fundamentally dishonest negotiations with France and Burgundy, is an excellent place to take an exciting and instructive holiday from 2019.' - The Daily Telegraph
'It is grimly amusing to see how perplexed foreigners were left by England's vicious and unpredictable politics.' - The Sunday Times
'Enthralling... Penn captures the weirdness, the ferocity and a glint of unexpected tenderness [on Winter King].' - Hilary Mantel
'Imagine Wolf Hall rewritten by John le Carre... gripping... a rare achievement [on Winter King].' - Tom Holland
'Thrilling and sinister [on Winter King].' - Simon Sebag Montefiore
'Gripping... brilliant... The enigmatic Henry is brought thrillingly to life as one of the most unlikely but tenacious kings ever to wear the English crown. [on Winter King].' - Dan Jones, Daily Telegraph
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“A fascinating and detailed history”
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