Last White Rose: The Secret Wars of the Tudors
This is a brilliant new interpretation of one of the most dramatic periods of British history. "The Wars of the Roses" didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII's victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders... show more
This is a brilliant new interpretation of one of the most dramatic periods of British history. "The Wars of the Roses" didn't end at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Despite the death of Richard III and Henry VII's victory, it continued underground into the following century with plots, pretenders and subterfuge by the ousted white rose faction. In a brand new interpretation of this turning point in history, well known historian Desmond Seward reviews the story of the Tudors' seizure of the throne and shows that for many years they were far from secure. He challenges the way we look at the reigns of Henry VII and Henry VIII, explaining why there were so many Yorkist pretenders and conspiracies, and why the new dynasty had such difficulty establishing itself. King Richard's nephews, the Earl of Warwick and the little known de la Pole brothers, all had the support of dangerous enemies overseas, while England was split when the lowly Perkin Warbeck skilfully impersonated one of the princes in the tower in order to claim the right to the throne. Warwick's surviving sister Margaret also became the desperate focus of hopes that the White Rose would be reborn. The book also offers a new perspective on why Henry VIII, constantly threatened by treachery, real or imagined, and desperate to secure his power with a male heir, became a tyrant. Praise for Desmond Seward's "A Brief History of the War of the Roses": "It is hard to imagine a historian more in command of his subject...The result is history as compelling as any novel". ("Independent"). "This is a splendidly and vividly written book." ("Evening Standard"). A Brief History of the Hundred Years Wars: "A well-written narrative, beautifully illustrated, and which takes into account most recent scholarship. It is also a good read." (Richard Cobb, "New Statesman").
Publish date: July 21st 2011
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
My rating reflects my enjoyment of the book rather than the quality of its information, although it did seem to present some of its information in a confusing way and it was pretty dry overall. I’m not confident I can rely on its analyses (concerning what people were like and whether or not a partic...
Putting to rest the idea that Yorkist resistance ended at Stoke Field, Seward reveals the decades of animosity between the Tudors and the Plantagenet remnant. Both Henry VII and VIII lived in almost constant suspicion of those with any trace of royal blood, leading to the "legal murders" of dozens o...