Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap—a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s throne. For many he remained... show more
It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and countercoups. Through luck, guile and ruthlessness, Henry VII, the first of the Tudor kings, had clambered to the top of the heap—a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England’s throne. 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. Queen Elizabeth was a member of the House of York. Henry himself was from the House of Lancaster, so between them they united the warring parties that had fought the bloody century-long Wars of the Roses. Now their older son, Arthur, was about to marry a Spanish princess. On a cold November day sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon arrived in London for a wedding that would mark a triumphal moment in Henry’s reign. In this remarkable book, Thomas Penn re-creates the story of the tragic, magnetic Henry VII—a controlling, paranoid, avaricious monarch who was entering the most perilous years of his long reign. Rich with drama and insight, Winter King is an astonishing story of pageantry, treachery, intrigue and incident—and the fraught, dangerous birth of Tudor England.
Publish date: March 6th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Biography Memoir
, 16th Century
, 15th Century
After reading Thomas Penn's Tudor England oeuvre (aka this book), I am now substantially less impressed by the imagination of George R.R. Martin because *Holy Toledo Batman* this stuff like really happened! Having been MIA from the Land of Reads and Reviews for a while, I'm admittedly not writing...
It took me a while to plough through this book. I had to take quite a few notes about some of the people involved because some of them tended to come up rather sporadically. While reading, I found myself rather annoyed at the manner in which Penn appeared to jump around with the timeline. Once I got...
I must admit that before I read this, all I really knew about Henry VII was that he came before Henry VIII and after Henry VI. The Winter King digs deeply into the unsettled origin of the Tudor period and Henry VII's precarious reign. It explores the cold avarice of the king, his dreams of dynast...
Winter King is an in-depth biography of Henry VII. I found this to be a valuable and well-written resource. It took me a while to get through it because it is so packed with information. It is a book that I will go back to many times. This was not a regurgitation of rumors and myths about Henry V...
Thomas Penn's Winter King is not really a biography of Henry VII, and more a study of what he was directing his government to do in his name. (We certainly can, and do, decide what sort of king Henry was based on what he had his government get up to, however.) The organization is curious, certain...