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

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This supposition — the prospect of a shrewd old king looking far beyond the end of his own reign — is made plausible by Penn’s gripping account of the Tudor monarch’s final hours.
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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.
 

About Thomas Penn

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Thomas Penn is editorial director at Penguin Books UK. He holds a Ph.D. in medieval history from Clare College, Cambridge University, and writes for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, and the London Review of Books, among other publications.
 
Published March 6, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 482 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Non-fiction
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Miranda Seymour on Apr 06 2012

This supposition — the prospect of a shrewd old king looking far beyond the end of his own reign — is made plausible by Penn’s gripping account of the Tudor monarch’s final hours.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Martin Rubin on Apr 03 2012

As Thomas Penn shows us so vividly in "Winter King," the first Tudor monarch is as fascinating as his son and his life story nearly as full of drama and incident.

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Above average
Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Mar 09 2012

The author’s efforts probably aren’t enough to thrust his subject onto the screen of a multiplex, but they do make for...informative reading.

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Reviewed by Vit Wagner on Mar 09 2012

The author’s efforts probably aren’t enough to thrust his subject onto the screen of a multiplex, but they do make for superior, informative reading.

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