The Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (Hardback)
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The Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 29/09/2011
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This title was selected for "Sunday Times", "Daily Telegraph", "TLS", "Financial Times", "Guardian", "Daily Mail" and "Sunday Telegraph" Books Of The Year. "Winter King" tells the unforgettable story of Henry VII's time as King, and the fraught and unstable birth of Tudor England. Rich with incident and drama, filled with wonderfully drawn characters, it is a stunning history of pageantry, surveillance, the thirst for glory - and the first Tudor king. 'He were a dark prince, and infinitely suspicious, and his times full of secret conspiracies and troubles', Sir Francis Bacon It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, 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. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge...In his remarkable debut, historian Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846142024
Weight: 784 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 41 mm

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“interesting look at henry VII”

brillant debut looking at the reign of Henry VII from bosworth field to the founding of the tudor dynasty and learnt new things even though did this period for my A levels many years ago lol but Henry VII seems to be... More

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“Brilliant read”

This was a fascinating book on early Tudor history - the detail was astounding which meant it wasn't a light easy read but it was engrossing and ultimately very rewarding. I wanted to start it all over again once... More

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“Try something different!”

“Sounds too much like school homework” my sniffy sister remarked, when I told her that I would be reviewing this book. How wrong she was! Penn really breathes life into the story of Henry VII, who has always been... More

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