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Henry - Book Three of the Tudor Trilogy by [Riches, Tony]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Publisher: Preseli Press (17 Mar. 2017)
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  • Language: English
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I reviewed this as a member of Rosie Amber's Review Team, via an ARC, but I'm a big fan of this author so I would have bought it anyway. I adored the second part of the Tudor Trilogy, Jasper, and was looking forward to this last part.

I love Plantagenet and Tudor history, but Henry VII is one of the characters I knew less about; I've always thought of him, I suppose, as a not very interesting link between the wars of York and Lancaster, and the great era of the eighth Henry and Good Queen Bess. This book showed, though, that the uniting of the two houses to end the Wars of the Roses, after Henry defeated Richard III at Bosworth and married Elizabeth of York, was far from the end of the story. He then had to deal with kingship itself, something that his mother, Margaret Beaufort, had always assured him was his right, though he was not one who sailed gallantly into such a role. His reign was beset by troubles with the Yorkist rebels, imposters like Perkin Warbeck, the Cornish rebellion, financial difficulties, and tragedy within his own family, with the deaths of children Edmund and Katherine and, of course, Prince Arthur ~ which gave way to the reign of the most famous of all English kings, Henry VIII.

I liked how Tony Riches has shown us the man behind the sombre portrait, and I warmed to his Henry Tudor very much. Even though some of his problems were of his own making, he seemed like an honest, self-aware, realistic person, rather humble, and very much like his mother ~ the 'Beaufort Steel' is much in evidence, though to my mind it skipped a generation, and didn't come out again until Henry's granddaughter, Elizabeth, was on the throne. Riches writes so well, and I read this book in almost one sitting.
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As with its predecessors, ‘Henry’ follows a similar format with an easy-to-read narrative allowing you to become consumed by a fast-paced story covering the most fascinating aspects of the subject’s life. It doesn’t take long for you to feel part of the story, always a positive when it comes to a work of fiction you’re hoping will allow you an escape from the pressures of real life.

The book, twenty-five chapters long, begins in August 1485 with the attention-grabbing admission from the main character that he never in fact wanted to be king. Riches’ sombre Henry proves to be a reluctant hero, a man who stepped up to the plate because there was nobody else to challenge the tyranny of Richard III. As his uncle Jasper puts it to his nephew, “if you were king, you could bring peace to this country”. This serves as Henry’s motivation throughout the book, something I believe was true of the historical Henry;

“The archbishop blessed their union and declared them man and wife. Henry lifted Elizabeth’s gossamer veil and kissed her. As he did so, a weight lifted from his shoulders. He’d finally united Lancaster and York and would never have to face life alone again”.

As is Riches’ well-established style, the story doesn’t dawdle or stutter, and remains fast-paced throughout the work. There is little time wasted on irrelevant minute details, but rather the book is very much plot-driven, from Henry’s coronation to the birth of his children, whilst major story arcs include the various pretenders who threatened his throne and the heart-wrenching deaths of his wife and heir.
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I have always "skipped" over Henry VII for his more flamboyant son and also being a long time, staunch Richardian, I found it difficult to read about the man who usurped his throne. But I enjoyed this book although I found it to jump a little mid chapter from one place to another. He didn't have a very contented life post Bosworth, but I hope that he did find love with Elizabeth which, I think he found difficult. I think he was always trying to bring peace to his country, but his people wanted a dashing, warrior king of old not one who they saw as miserly and mean. Poor Henry. Westminster Abbey is a must to visit. I do think he wasn't very nice that he abandoned his grandmother's coffin which had to wait for Queen Victoria to re inter as befitting a queen. An interesting book to complete the Tudor Trilogy.
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King Henry VII – a miser, a usurper, a man with many enemies…but he was so much more than those things. Author Tony Riches delves deeper into a side of Henry VII that we usually don’t hear about. In this book we get a glimpse at the softer side of Henry VII, a side of him that held regret, a side of him that showed his fealty.

This was book three in the Tudor Trilogy and may have been my favorite which says a lot because I REALLY enjoyed the first book, “Owen”.

To me, Henry VII has always been one of the more boring Tudor monarchs. I had never found any endearing qualities in his character before.

Henry only married once and didn’t have any mistresses, unlike his son who had six wives and many mistresses, however, we are left wondering if he did have illegitimate children from his time before becoming King of England. Then there is Katheryn Gordon, the wife of Perkin Warbeck – this part was a pleasant surprise to me and I will not spoil it for those who have yet to read it.

When Henry described his unexpected love for his wife and his regret for not spending quality time with his family, made me actually like Henry as a character.

This book made him into a real person.

It essentially leaves off from where the story ended in “Jasper” and continues throughout his entire life – highlights his marriage, the birth of his children, his relationship with Jasper Tudor, his mother and Elizabeth Woodville. But there was a lot of tragedy in his life as well…he lost three children and then his wife. He struggled with bad health in his later years that left him unable to speak. With every page turn I was left wondering was interesting story I’d walk away with. I was not disappointed.

Tony Riches did a great job researching for this book and I found many events historically accurate which makes it much more interesting for me.

I would highly recommend purchasing this book and the entire trilogy.
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