Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England

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Henry Tudor clambered to the top of the heap, a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who managed to win the throne and stay on it for twenty-four years. Although he built palaces, hosted magnificent jousts, and sent ambassadors across Europe, for many Henry VII remained a false king.

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But he had a crucial asset: his family'the 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.

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Penn's story offers a rich pageant of players — agents and adversaries, courtiers and scholars, thugs and young aristocrats. Basically it is one of those books that you would probably use if you happened to be writing a history essay on the period, or that you are really, really interested in the intricate historical details of a time period, or a person. From all the literature I have read concerning the wars of the roses, Henry always seems a slight figure, on the fringes of conflict who somehow emerges as a quiet strength in the face of Richard iii's unsteady victories. I probably should finish off by saying a few things about the book. Historians debate the extent of Henry's rapacity.

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, as well as of Henry VII'controlling, avaricious, paranoid, with Machiavellian charm and will to power. It's a fluent and compelling account of the cost of founding the Tudor dynasty. You just clipped your first slide!

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Clipping is a handy way to collect important slides you want to go back to later. For me, the best chapters are in the last third of the book. After the death of Arthur and Elizabeth, King Henry brings Prince Henry to court to give him every advantage and to make clear the hopes of the dynasty rested on his shoulders. The education of Prince Henry as well as a great awareness of how he spent his leisure time is recounted.

Prince Henry was closely guarded by his father and not allowed much leeway in his behavior.

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But the descriptions of him and his pals and their military training and jousting antics are really fun to read about. I found that reading S. For me the book seemed to start off a little slow, however it certainly picks up after a few chapters and begins to read more like an enjoyable historical fiction book. Having been a student of the life of Henry Tudor, for over 30 years, I heartily endorse the above book-review. I bought the book shortly after Publication Date.

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Compared to all the previous attempts to write about both the Man and the King, Thomas Penn and his research team have managed to find a great deal of detailed material from British and French sources which has never been published previously. Like Like.

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Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England and millions of other books are available for instant access. view Kindle eBook | view Audible audiobook. Henry VII can look a dull king, so dull that Thomas Penn's title omits his name. Shakespeare, drawn to the colour on either side of the reign.

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