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Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England
 
 
Author
Thomas Penn.
Publisher Simon & Schuster  
Format hardcover, Illustrated
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 6.55 x 1.4 inches
ISBN 9781439191569
Pages/Publication Date 448/2011
Daedalus Item Code 32779
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By 1501, England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups, and countercoups. Through luck, guile, and ruthlessness, Henry VII, 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, but Henry had a crucial asset: his queen and their children, the living embodiment of his hoped-for dynasty. 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.

"I feel I've been waiting to read this book a long time. It's a fluent and compelling account of the cost of founding the Tudor dynasty; of a clever, ruthless, enigmatic monarch, a refugee all his early life, king by right of conquest, prepared to harass and frighten his subjects into submission: a man content to be feared and not loved. The level of detail is fascinating and beautifully judged. The book shows what a mistake it is to regard these closing years of the reign simply as a curtain raiser for Henry VIII. I think that, for the first time, a writer has made me feel what contemporaries felt as Henry VII's reign drew to an end; the relief, the hope, the sudden buoyancy."—Hilary Mantel

 
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