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Winter king : the dawn of Tudor England

It was 1501. England had been ravaged for decades by conspiracy, violence, murders, coups and counter-coups. Henry VII had clambered to the top of the heap - a fugitive with a flimsy claim to England's crown who through luck, guile and ruthlessness had managed to win the throne and stay on it for sixteen years. Although he built palaces, hosted jousts, gave out lavish presents and sent ambassadors across Europe, 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. Now, in what would be the crowning glory of his reign, his elder son would marry a great Spanish princess. On a cold November day this girl, the sixteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, arrived in London for a wedding upon which the fate of England would hinge. In his remarkable debut Thomas Penn recreates an England which is both familiar and very strange - a country that seems medieval yet modern, in which honour and chivalry mingle with espionage, realpolitik, high finance and corruption. It is the story of the transformation of a young, vulnerable boy, Prince Henry, into the aggressive teenager who would become Henry VIII, and of Catherine of Aragon, his future queen. And at its heart is the tragic, magnetic figure of Henry VII - controlling, paranoid, avaricious, with a Machiavellian charm and will to power. Rich with incident and drama, filled with wonderfully drawn characters, Winter King is an unforgettable story of pageantry, surveillance, the thirst for glory - and the fraught, unstable birth of Tudor England. - Publisher
Print Book, English, 2011
Allen Lane, London, 2011
xxi, 448 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, maps, portrait ; 24 cm
9781846142024, 1846142024
Prologue: Red rose, avenger of the white
Blood and roses
Not a drop of doubtful royal blood
He seeks in all places to destroy me
Now must you supply the mother's part also
Change of worlds
No sure way
Council learned
Our second treasure
Null and void
This day came De la Pole
New heaven, new earth
A state of avarice
Extraordinary justice
Courage to be bold
Savage harshness made complete
The art of dying
Rich, ferocious, thirsting for glory