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A Great Introduction into the Roots of the Tudor Dynasty,
This review is from: Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England (Hardcover)
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Henry VII is one of my favourite characters in History, The product of an ambitious Mother and an equally ambitious Wife and Mother-in-Law, he became the last king of England to win the crown in battle and went on to sire one of the most famous royal dynasties we have seen.
He was born of Royal Descent but, like many at the time, his claim to the throne was tenuous, as his Mother came from John of Gaunt's disputed relationship with Kathrine Swyford. Although he enjoyed patronage in his early days, he was exiled to France as a young man. He famously went on to win the Crown at the Battle of Bosworth (after his Step-Father, Thomas Stanley, choose to support him and not Richard III) and then married Elizabeth of York, who after the death of her brothers in the Tower, could be conceivably be considered the legitimate heir to the throne.
He remained conscious of the threats to his throne and in turn countered this by building a legacy through his children, his Sons - Arthur and Henry.... And then arranged for his oldest child to marry a daughter of Spain... The tragic Catherine of Aragon... Setting into motion events that were to change the landscape of England for ever.
What Thomas Penn has done with this book is capture the feel of the times, the uncertainty that was in England as a result of the on-going War of the Roses and the desire for peace and stability. He captures the vulnerability of King Henry and his need to consolidate what he started at Bosworth. He has capture this very very well...
If nothing else this will give you an insight into the world that Henry VIII was born into and why he had the desire for male heirs and the impact that was to have.
Well written and easy to read.