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Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn

Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England - Thomas Penn

bookshelves: fraudio, published-2011, tudor, summer-2013, history, biography, nonfiction, under-1000-ratings

Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: spotted on Susanna's updates
Read from June 03 to 12, 2013



'Henry VII was infinitely suspicious' wrote Francis Bacon.

Richard III was buried 'like a dog in a ditch' said some.

Due to uncertainty as to whether Richard of Shrewsbury had died in the Tower of London, or had survived, Perkin Warbeck's claim gathered some followers, whether due to real belief in his identity or because of desire to overthrow Henry and reclaim the throne. Most historical accounts mention that Warbeck cost Henry VII over £13,000, putting a strain on Henry's weak financial state.(wiki sourced)

Here she comes, to marry the eldest son.

A wobbly start settled down into a solid retelling of that period, with cameo appearences by Henry VII. Most of what we know about him seems to be by the outcomes of behaviour and policy rather than a hands-on record, like those clever stronomers that can see where a planet is by the result of gravitational pull on near bodies.

Henry VII impact seems to have had a negative resonance on those surrounding him and yet he did stabilise the era. I see someone has called him the hybrid rose, and I would name this bloom 'Mummy's Boy'.